Supermodel Liya Kebede Talks Lemlem’s Evolution

Source: Style.com

Having spent roughly half her life in the fashion biz, Liya Kebede has come a long way in the industry since leaving Ethiopia at the age of 18 to model in Paris.In the following decades, Kebede has established herself as a bona fide icon—not only as a “super” still busy with runway and editorial work,but additionally as a philanthropist/advocate for maternal health and an emerging entrepreneur.Back in 2007, she launched her ready-to-wear brand, Lemlem, as a way to create new opportunities for the traditional weavers and artisans based in her hometown, Addis Ababa.

Mothers Day Carnival in Support of BORN FREE Africa - Hosted by VOGUE, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, LIYA KEBEDE, JOHN MEGRUE, WANGECHI MUTU, and CLAIRE DANES /Style.com
Mothers Day Carnival in Support of BORN FREE Africa – Hosted by VOGUE, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, LIYA KEBEDE, JOHN MEGRUE, WANGECHI MUTU, and CLAIRE DANES /Style.com

The word lemlem means “to bloom” in Amharic and is also a nickname Kebede gave her 8-year-old daughter, Raee. Indeed, the line itself—comprised of beach-ready wares that are handwoven and embroidered in Africa—has been flourishing in a big way: Just this week, Kebede was announced as a new member of the CFDA. Read More…

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