Liya Kebede

by ethnic on December 3, 2009

Liya Kebede

Place of Birth: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Date of Birth: 1 March, 1978

Ethnicity: Ethiopian

Liya Kebede is an Ethiopian model, actress, clothing designer, and maternal health activist.

She is married to hedge fund manager Kassy Kebede, with whom she has two children.

photo by prphotos

{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant May 18, 2018 at 5:10 pm

KATE MOSS as a black woman

Multiethnicchick November 27, 2017 at 9:14 pm

Ethiopians are a mixed race group of humans like Latinos, the Malagasy and Somalians. Jewish and Arab people came to East Africa over a thousand years ago. Habesha Ethiopians makes up a large percentage of the Ethiopian population. Putting Ethiopians who sometimes looks Indian but with kinky curly hair in the same group as west Africans who have tightly coiled hair and braod features makes no sense. Most people on this thread need to study human phenotypical variation and history for that matter. There are ethnic groups in East African that share the features of west Africans. The only reason the Habesha people don’t is because of large rates of mixing over a thousand years ago.

slowdive January 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Looks like Kate Moss with dark skin.

slowdive January 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm

*Katie Holmes.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 11:54 pm

If Tyra Banks had a daughter with Tyson Beckford.

Multiethnicchick November 27, 2017 at 9:09 pm

They don’t even have features remotely like hers. Her features are Caucasoid

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Ethiopians are unique African people. They aren’t the dark west african or arabs of north africa. They look blended between the two.

fuzzybear44 August 1, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Ethiopians, are just as dark as west Africans. The problem is people on the internet like to promote certain tribal affiliations, and ignore the rest. There are up to 100 different ethnic groups ranging from light skin to deep dark. North Africa is also light to dark, despite what people like to show , Arab is just their culture

cwm85 August 6, 2015 at 7:12 pm

Arabs is a race… and majority are in North African. There is A difference between arabs and Black Africans.

fuzzybear44 August 6, 2015 at 8:16 pm


Sweetie Arab is not a race, it’s. Their cultural. Identity. Saying someone is Arab, is like saying someone is American Arabs can be black, white, mixed, and even Asian .the difference. Between a black African and a Arab can just be their faith system.Black Africans, back in the day were seen as pagans.While other Africans were Jewish, Christian., and Muslim (Arab)

fuzzybear44 August 6, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Correction: American. ARAB CAN BE

cwm85 August 6, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Arabs are a race. Look it up.

fuzzybear44 August 6, 2015 at 10:59 pm


I have looked it up before, and I ‘ve seen it. However feel free to show me where you found it at

fuzzybear44 August 7, 2015 at 12:08 am

Correction. Meant to say I ve never seen it

andrew August 7, 2015 at 6:10 am

Ethopians are on average way lighter than West Africans, but the main difference is that they’re physically completely different. And there’s no such thing as North Africa “light to dark”, unless there’s a recent mixing with SSA people. Some North Africans can pass in East Africa but not in West Africa.

midori29 August 7, 2015 at 11:32 am

@Andrew not true, you live on stereotypes,only certain groups of Ethiopians are light, they come in all shades just like West Africans. West African Ibos and Fulanis many are light skinned and straight nosed, wavy haired, etc. Both West and East Africa has light and dark Africans. My ex sister in law was Ethiopian. The Amharic Ethiopians tend to be the lightest. All of subsharan black African goes from light to dark. Just GOOGLE Senagalese and Nigerian West Africans, you will see a huge complexion color range.

midori29 August 7, 2015 at 11:48 am

This link, scroll to Senegalese West African beauty pageant, they are lighter then Ethiopian Liya. The same black/brown tones appear all over Subsahran Africa not just East Africa but West and South Africa has varying black skin tones.
Click link: Senagalese West Africans

Black South African skin tone range dark to light golden brown.

midori29 August 7, 2015 at 11:50 am

@Andrew, the JET black stereotype of Africans was made during slavery to decrease the high diversity of skin tones among Africans and all blacks. Black people naturally go from golden brown yellow to dark midnight black in skin tone without admixture.

andrew August 7, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Midori are you kidding me? is that a joke? are you telling me how Senegalese look from your Caribbean Island? do you know that in Europe there are maybe more Senegalese than in Senegal? and they’re all dark as night, contrarily to Nigerians who can be relatively light skinned, even though there are some theories about it.
I seriously doubt those ladies are 100% Senegalese.

Capricious October 10, 2015 at 11:52 pm

For once I agree with you, Fuzzy.

LucarioCooper April 12, 2015 at 12:03 am

She has pretty skin and face.

ashash April 11, 2015 at 11:03 am


Capricious April 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm

I thought she was an Indian/African mix.

andrew April 9, 2015 at 5:01 am

It makes sense

fuzzybear44 April 10, 2015 at 11:33 pm


How does that make sense?

andrew April 12, 2015 at 6:33 am

You Know

fuzzybear44 April 13, 2015 at 2:58 am


If I knew, I wouldn’t be asking

midori29 May 5, 2015 at 2:25 pm

@Andrew , you should really stop basing every black persons look on your narrow minded view of a West African. Africa is a huge continent, NOT every black person in Africa looks like a stereotypical Nigerian or Ghanian West African. There are thousands of looks on black Africans . There is West, Central, South and East African.

andrew May 5, 2015 at 2:57 pm

African-Americans are genetically West-Africans with some additional North-West European , that is a fact. Don’t go off-topic.

midori29 May 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm

@Andrew NOT every black person is An African America. I am black but I am not an African, nor am I an African American. That would be like me saying every white person was from Sweden and if they did not have blonde hair and blue eyes they are mixed. You canno ttake one part of a continent then label an entire race based upon the stereotypical ooks of one or true countries.

andrew May 5, 2015 at 3:24 pm

ok, but Afro-Caribbeans still descend from West African slaves, not from Tuaregs, Bushmen or other African ethnic groups

fuzzybear44 May 6, 2015 at 4:23 am

(African-Americans are genetically West-Africans )

while that is true that during the slave trade of the 1600’s to 1800’s, the bulk were taken from West Africa. It is not true that all AA are just genetically West African. North African, East African and South African have all come here and assimilating their bloodlines into the population over time. I’ve seen DNA results from people showing their from all over the place. Even crazy Raven Symone says she’s from every continent in Africa. Tyler perry’s baby is EAST African and so on.

fuzzybear44 May 6, 2015 at 4:50 am


(ok, but Afro-Caribbeans still descend from West African slaves, not from Tuaregs, Bushmen or other African ethnic groups)

Although Tuaregs were notorious slave raiders themselves, they were fair game to. Some of them were taken as slave as well. Now seeing as Morgan freemen and his family are descendants of the Tuareg, I can assume some made it to the U.S. So who’s to say they didn’t make it to the Caribbean. Now as far as the CARIBBEAN GOES it’s Africa. Everybody is there , West ,North, East and South, all mingled up together. I don’t know about the bushmen, Europeans seem to like taking them to be put on display at home.

andrew May 6, 2015 at 4:52 am

Well I dont think many North or East Africans were enslaved, but some immigrants from these parts of the continent have been later absorbed into the AA population

fuzzybear44 May 6, 2015 at 5:16 am


North Africans were the first slaves taken to the new world in the 1500’s, before West Africans in the 1600’s. You ever heard of Estevanico? Although other came freely like Juan Garrido. North Africans were taken from Europe as slave from places like Seville, as well as North Africa. Remember the laws I gave showing that all Berbers were classified as Negros ,and used as slaves. After England tried to band slavery in west Africa, they started to take east Africans and shipping them as replacements for the west Africans, well into the late 1800’s

fuzzybear44 May 6, 2015 at 5:20 am

I forgot they also to some from Madagascar to

fuzzybear44 May 6, 2015 at 5:32 am

I meant took some to

andrew May 7, 2015 at 6:16 am

I’m not much into Moorish mitology, Estevanico reminds me of Mr T. LOL.

A user May 7, 2015 at 10:59 pm

But she isn’t african american either, she was born in ethiopia

midori29 May 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm

@Capricious awe the ignorance. Ethiopians are the oldest people on earth besides the San in South Africa. So thier look came before ALL Africans and their anchient bones have the same facial and body structure. So the Indians would look mixed with Ethiopian NOT the other way around. Around the time of Pangea when the continents were connected, India was connected to EAST Southern Africa before the continental drift.

CutieMeg May 6, 2015 at 8:34 am

wow must be cool being ethiopian. she sure has an interesting look.

ysla January 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Stop to say that !!! i’m Ethiopian!!!! Ethiopian is not ethnicity or race !!! it’s nationality !! Ethiopian are black !!! You must know that among the blacks of Africa there are many typ

Rekta April 11, 2015 at 4:28 am

ethiopians are semitic blacks, not pure blacks (like haile selassie).

fuzzybear44 April 12, 2015 at 4:41 am


(ethiopians are semitic blacks)

Ok yes some do speak a certain language, but not all of them speak it. Because Semitic is really just a language group, that many different groups speak. In Ethiopia there are about 80-100 different ethnic groups. Also every Ethiopian I’ve ever spoken to, are quick to say they are the truest blacks.

(not pure blacks (like haile selassie).)

Well lets take a look at that. Yes some Ethiopians have gone back and forth across that sea for thousands of years. They’ve seeded many of the populations outside of African(although those groups don’t like to admit that). Then others have back migrated over time bring with them different DNA. However they were still black people, living somewhere else didn’t changes that, and seeing how you called the Ethiopians black, must mean you recognized that. There are many groups who have outside DNA. You have the (Hausa, the kirdi groups ,the lumbee(although they entered Africa), people in the Congo, Senegal, in Guinea Bissau etc.) who all Eurasian DNA. However if you look up anyone of these groups, you would see they are black. Probably the truest Africans are the (SAN , the Hadza people, and the pygmy This isn’t my computer, or else I would give pictorial examples.

Rekta April 12, 2015 at 7:07 am

i agree with you.

midori29 May 5, 2015 at 3:13 pm

@Rekta, they are the purest and first blacks on earth, they came before everyone.

hii June 13, 2012 at 6:10 am

last time i spoke to an Ethiopian they said they were black.

Anya April 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm

She is beautiful. She reminds me a bit of Zoe Saldana in that picture.

M May 31, 2015 at 6:39 am

She’s prettier than Zoe. Zoe looks like a frog.

BIG PAC March 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm

So Ethiopians are black people that hate being black.

me March 2, 2012 at 8:48 am

she is not mixed

boss February 18, 2012 at 3:24 am





malika June 19, 2010 at 12:35 am

Most beautiful women come from the horn of africa – somalis, eritreans and ethiopians and some sudanese..beautiful women!

fuzzybear June 19, 2010 at 2:40 am

To malika

They don’t only come from the horn sweetie,they come from all over Africa

Abera February 28, 2010 at 3:29 am

<3 shes gorgeous

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