Standing out from the crowd of ubiquitous 14 year old eastern Europeans, this Ethiopian beauty has risen to the top of the modeling world. Not only does she have killer cheekbones, but also compassion and works through her foundation, and as a Goodwill Ambassador with the World Health Organization, to raise awareness about the dangers surrounding childbirth, both for infants and mothers, in the developing world.
She is one of only a handful of black women to be featured on American Vogue, having graced its cover twice, and the first black woman to be the face of Estee Lauder. She can tackle a runway and print editorials with equal ease and a constant aura of self-possession. In a world where more people are becoming famous for losing their underwear, staggering out of nightclubs and conducting screaming matches with a lover in front of the paparazzi, Liya shines as a model and humanitarian for her classiness and determination to use her good fortune to improve the lives of others.
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