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Liya Kebede Revealed airs on CNN International Print E-mail
Monday, 11 June 2007

Liya Kebede(Photo CNN) - LONDON, England (CNN) -- Born in 1978 and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Liya Kebede attended the French Lycee in Addis. It was here that she was talent-spotted by a French film director and began her rise to supermodel status.

"When I went back to Ethiopia, I wanted to do something. I wanted to give back." Kebede told CNN. Married to Ethiopian hedge-fund manager, Kassy Kebede and a mother of two children herself -- her boy Suhul is six years old and her daughter Raee is approaching her second birthday -- Kebede was horrified to learn of the plight of millions of mothers and newborns in the developing world.

In 2005 Kebede was handed a charitable platform when she was appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Her success in this role led to her being reappointed in March 2007.

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