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Liya Kebede

The model champions women's empowerment and maternal health

Ethiopian-born Liya Kebede has been modelling for nearly two decades, but this super-activist is also on a mission to empower mothers everywhere.

"I became an ambassador for the World Health Organisation in 2005, to raise awareness about maternal health issues, because so many women were dying from childbirth and pregnancy-related issues, so the Lemlem Foundation stemmed from that," she told HFM.

"By employing traditional weavers, we're trying to break their cycle of poverty, at the same time preserving the art of weaving while creating modern, casual, comfortable stuff that we really want to wear." - Liya Kebede on her fashion brand and foundation

Launched in 2007, the foundation's mission is clear: to provide vital midwifery training across Africa to help reduce maternal mortality rates. Her other passion project, which she recently merged with her foundation, is her fashion label Lemlem, created to economically support local craftswomen.

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