Liya Kebede’s Bottega Veneta Spring Summer 2012 Ad Campaign

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I’m puzzled! I though we already talked about Bottega Veneta’s ad campaign and who was representing for the Spring Summer 2012 advertorial season.

To my surprise, I found out that Liya Kebede is also doing the maison’s campaign for the next season. I may not entirely like the pose or the picture’s angle, but I definitely like the girl! Don’t you (I wonder if this too was taken by Jake Pierson – it’s colorful alright, but I dislike that cramp pose so much!)

Liya Kebede Bottega Veneta Spring Summer 2012 Ad Campaign


#1 DollyBird on 01.08.12 at 3:11 am

Nice to see Liya back. She has such class & grace. I loved her in the movie Desert Flower.
Joan Smalls kind of reminds me of Liya in a way.
As for the ad…well I’ll skip it.

#2 kpriss on 01.08.12 at 7:16 am

I have yet to see it! Although I really like Liya, I try to stay away from dramas – I cry my eyes out! (it is a drama, isn’t it? Desert Flower? I know I watched the trailer and read few things about the synopsis…)

Yes, yes, you’re totally right! They look like sisters! Beautiful, graceful girls! A feast for any fashion loving eyes!

#3 Dollybird on 01.08.12 at 9:09 am

Kpriss Desert Flower is dramatic but it has some touchingly funny moments. However if ever you feel up to all the drama & especially the heartwrenching topic of female incision in Africa I do recommend everyone a box of kleenex beside you.
Liya Kebede is amazing in the role of real life Somalian desert flower Waris Hussein. Its a reasonaly good film but unfortunately wasn’t adequately promoted I think.

#4 Riana on 01.08.12 at 9:40 am

Dollybird, this is the story of Waris Dirie right? I need to find the dvd. I have a few of Waris books. Also Desert Flower of course. Would love to see Liya play despite the subject. It’s very sad, it’s not been promoted at all. It should have! I wish it was since Somali immigrants still keep on doing this.
Even Waris’ books -and the rest of her life- still makes me cry. Waris has been a great and above all so very beautiful model.

Sorry, I don’t care much about this ad. I like Liya, not here though.

#5 Dollybird on 01.08.12 at 9:41 am

*by female incision in Africa I meant Somalia in the film. I didn’t disrespectfully mean to generalise the subject*
I recommened a gutsy book by sadly deceased Guinéen supermodel Katoucha called Dans Ma Chair (english version out too I think) where she details with dignity her terrible plight of being forced to go through it & surviving the consequences including !ncest and an underaged pregnancy. At 17 she ran away to Paris with her daughter & as she was so tall she tried modelling. Her unique beauty caught the eyes of Thierry Mugler & ultimately YSL who catapulted her to supermodel status as his muse.
Unfortunately poor Katouchka mysteriously fell into the Seine river one rainy night 3 years ago & drowned. Theories floated around about religious extrem!sts’ revenge about her book. Nothing was proven. Katouchka’s body remained lost for a few weeks but washed up one day on the muddy banks of the Seine’s industrial areas. Her case was classified as accidental. Sad….

#6 Dollybird on 01.08.12 at 9:44 am

Oops you’re right Riana. I meant Waris Dirie. Thanks.
I think we were writing our posts at the same time otherwise I would have corrected it.

#7 Riana on 01.08.12 at 10:02 am

I’m very, very sad to read that Katouchka’s death never have been solved other than classified as accidental. Which is possible of course but oh, my doubts and wondering why, why her after all she got through?

Waris ended up “weird” as you may remember? Haven’t heard of her since. You perhaps? I’m tend to believe these girls were threatened…oh yes…:((

It’s also a customs in Egypt. The first brave woman who wrote a book about her circumcision was Nawal El-Saadawi and how she did cope with it. Last year, as a proud older woman, she demonstrated fierce against the regime. She didn’t mind to die she said with pride. She’s still alive though :)

#8 Riana on 01.08.12 at 10:04 am


This Bottega Veneta bag due to the lovely Liya made us pay homage to some real great, brave women :)

#9 Dollybird on 01.08.12 at 10:23 am

Riana – It saddens me about what’s happened to Waris Dirie too. I still am so moved when I remember how she was found roaming the streets of Brussels deranged & penniless after her supermodel career.
I think she got some help anyway & got back on her feet but fell again a few times but is still very fragile. I read somewhere she even helped in the process of the film but only met Liya Kebede after it was done. As you can imagine the girls became soul mates for life. They even did an H&M ad together.

#10 Riana on 01.08.12 at 11:40 am

Yes, I remember all that….:(
That photoshoot is beautiful and endearing sweet. Like a mother and daughter :)

Overall a nice multi-culti campaign. It’s the Holiday 2010 campaign.

#11 Riana on 01.08.12 at 11:43 am

Aww, I forgot! How could I? Our dear friend Kpriss did pay attention to the film! See the search option. And see who has replied….:)

#12 Ellington on 01.08.12 at 12:06 pm

Liya Kebede is lovely as always!
And Waris Hussein is a wonderfully strong and beautiful role model for all women! : )

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