Liya is a strong supporter of the organization Champions for an HIV Free Generation.
In 2000 Liya married the Ethiopian hedge fund manager Kassy Kebede.
The supermodel rocked a colour block goemetric print jumpsuit from Dior's spring couture line with a pair of killer black boots with a perspex heel.
She gained still more attention as the entire May 2002 edition of Paris Vogue was dedicated to her.
Liya, 37 — the Ethiopian-born beauty who has been a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador and has her own clothing line, Lemlem — wed Kebede in 2000. It was very flirty, Jake had her laughing.” But his rep said the pair are just friends through a financier of Gyllenhaal’s hit “Source Code.” Liya was in Cannes for L’Oréal with Julianne Moore and Naomi Watts.
He runs Panton Capital Group and previously helped create Deutsche Bank’s global-markets division. But a source close to the model tells us they’ve been separated “for two years — it’s never been written about.” Eyebrows were raised in Cannes when Jake Gyllenhaal rushed through a crowd to Kebede at the fest’s opening gala.
Kebede in one sentence – Liya is a beautiful woman with a great heart; her good deeds and unselfishness give the Ethiopia and whole of Africa hope for better tomorrow.
Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Liya moved to Paris at the age of 18.
She is also an activist, serving as the Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health for the World Health Organization.