When she is not shuttling between Europe and United States as a super model, this Ethiopian beauty devotes her time advocating for equal opportunities for young girls in her home country. The 33-year-old model started her career back in 2006 signed to Ford Models in both New York and Paris. You would recognise her from campaigns with brands like Pantene, H&M, Levi’s, Diesel, Michael Kors and more.
Gelila is also recognised for her work as a documentary filmmaker, which ties into her role as a social activist. She likes to focus on issues regarding fundamental rights such as education, water and as mentioned earlier, female/girl’s rights.
Her most recent work is a documentary she directed MAi: Life Is Not Honey which addresses the importance of water and the effect of climate change on the education of girls. Gelila Bekele is also the long-term partner of American Actor and Producer, Tyler Perry.
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