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All Quotes by author - Liya Kebede
" A small gold plain cross was passed down from my grandma to my mom, then to me, and now to my daughter. It is always nice to own something that connects you to the women who made it possible for you to exist. "
" Children with healthy mothers are much more likely to survive childhood, attend school and live healthy, productive lives. "
" Creative new health strategies like micro-insurance for poor people or Kangaroo care for pre-term babies are transforming health outcomes in even the most low-resource settings. Dedication and innovation are transforming health care worldwide. "
" Doing designs on a loom takes a lot of talent and experience, and, trust me, I won't be able to do that. "
" Dying in childbirth is something that's not new; it's been going on for ages, and so it's not something that people focus on; it's not something that gets funded a lot, and it's exactly for that reason that we are losing mothers all the time, and we have kids with no mothers. "
" First I became U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for WHO, and that was in 2005. And then, about a year or so later, I decided to start my foundation. "
" For my diet, I choose mostly organic. But in general, I am a big believer in trying to strike a balance with everything. "
" For my wardrobe, I like to invest in classic pieces and pair them with more trendy new pieces and accessories each season. "
" Helping others isn't a chore; it is one of the greatest gifts there is. "
" I actually started modeling in Ethiopia, because that's where I grew up, and I started out by just doing little fashion shows for school, and I liked it so much that I started pursuing it. "
" I always loved having the chance to disappear in a story. I always was kind of obsessed with that. "
" I am always touched when friends make contributions to my foundation on my behalf. "
" I can contribute, be valuable, and grow in many ways, since my interests are so varied. That is very satisfying. "
" I don't listen to people who say my dreams are impossible; I just work to prove them wrong. "
" I don't think we should judge celebrities for doing charity work. Period. Whatever their reasons for doing it, they are shedding light on issues that would otherwise go unnoticed. "
" If nothing else, I want women to understand that they are powerful. If you look back at history, in almost every big moment, in every leap forward, you find ordinary women at the core. We have more ability to make changes in the world than we can imagine if we have the courage to try. "
" I grew up watching films. Film has been part of my life since I was a child. "
" I know how much parents love buying clothes for their kids and how they want to give them something new in the closet. "
" I'm a mom. I'm from Ethiopia. I gave birth in the U.S. and had all the proper care available to me. If I had given birth in Ethiopia - I don't know if I might have even survived it. "
" I'm Christian. Growing up in Ethiopia, it's half-Christian and half-Muslim. You grow up with Muslim kids. I'm very much aware of their religion. "
" In 1967, the world health community launched a global effort to eradicate smallpox. It took a coordinated, worldwide effort, required the commitment of every government, and cost $130 million dollars. By 1977, smallpox had disappeared. "
" In a hundred years, how do you want the world to be? Everybody should get together to make the world a better place. "
" I never thought modeling would become my career. I thought it was something I'd do to pay my way through college. "
" Investing in women's lives is an investment in sustainable development, in human rights, in future generations - and consequently in our own long-term national interests. "
" I really don't think there should be a movie about me. That's for sure! "
" I tend to gravitate toward Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang. Their designs are accessible and easy. "
" I think, first of all, every time you want to play somebody who is real is always challenging and always scary, because you are given a responsibility of someone's real life. "
" It is important for me that I represent a brand that reflects my personality. "
" It's always a tricky thing, trying to make aid sustainable. "
" It's not just Ethiopia, but Africa in general - most of the media concentrates on what's not going well. But there is so much beauty there. When you go, it changes everything. It changes you, your life, and the way you see things. The challenge is changing the image of Africa that's been anchored in people for years now. "
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