Even though J.Crew's had plenty of well-known models in their catalogs (Lauren Hutton, Cintia, Anouck, and Mallory from the Real World Paris, if you're into fun facts, they've never signed just one face to front the print shopper from first page to last - until now. Fashion Week Daily reports that Liya Kebede, Ethiopian mother of two and face of St. John for Spring 09, has been signed to model the April J.Crew catalog all by herself, which is sure to bring some fashion-centric attention to the brand that's just come off so much press from Michelle Obama's support of the office-wear staple. But more pressing: Does this make the J.Crew catalog the new barometer of a model's success?
Liya Kebede is the New Face of L'Oreal
Liya Kebede will join L'Oreal Paris as a spokesmodel and global brand ambassador, the cosmetics brand announced today. The prolific model has tons of editorials and a few ad campaigns under her belt, but this is her first gig as an ambassador for a major brand, unless you count the World Trade Organization, for whom Kebede was nominated as Goodwill Ambassador, before establishing the Liya Kebede Foundation to raise money and provide healthcare material for a hospital in Ethiopia. Kebede has also dipped her foot into acting with roles in The Good Shepherd and Desert Flower. Kebede, who despite other projects, is known primarily for modeling, joins L'Oreal's roster of comparatively bigger celebrities like Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Julianna Margulies and Freida Pinto, with whom, according to IMDB, Kebede just completed a film.