Italian Vogue has released a special creative collaboration with Virgil Abloh-led brand Off-White and Ethiopian model Liya Kebede. This creative offering is a celebration of inclusivity, togetherness and connectedness.
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In the interview following the feature, Ghanaian born Virgil talks about why he pulled Liya in for this campaign:
Liya is a living icon, She represents a symbol of strength, poise, beauty and diversity in an industry longing for change – and is beyond a muse for me and Off-White the label.
Liya is photographed in some coveted pieces from Off-White’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection including the Burrow bag and Out of Office sneaker.
With over 20 years in modelling, Liya is no doubt an industry maven. She talks about the importance of acceptance and togetherness, especially in today’s world.
Inclusivity is something that should have happened a long time ago, and for me, it’s sad that we’re only now thinking about this. Inclusivity, togetherness and connectedness is all we have, and everyone has to make an effort to put aside our differences and really look at what connects us, we’re all so connected and we’re one – the quicker we can see that, the better world we can create in terms of equality, acceptance and tolerance for all.
Watch the full video below and read more about this collaboration here
Photographs: Davey Adésida
Videography: Teddy Nelson
Styling: Matt Holmes
Makeup: Yumi Lee
Production: CLM Agency
Model: Liya Kebede.