Gelila Bekele

Born on September 4, 1986 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Gelila Bekele is an Ethiopian model, humanitarian and social activist.

As a young child, the future top-model moved with her family to Europe. Then one day, after having relocated to the United States, Gelila’s life changed when an advertising art director discovered her on the way to school. She signed with Ford Models and her career on the runways of New York and Europe took off.

In a few short years Gelila has posed for the world’s top designers and been featured in major advertising campaigns. The almond-skinned beauty is perhaps best known for her full, curly hair that has graced beauty campaigns for Levi's, Pantene, L'oreal, and Colgate, and has appeared in Essence, Marie Claire, Allure, Lucky and various fashion magazines. She is also featured in many other print ads, and has appeared in several runway shows.

"Modeling is a wonderful gate through which to see the world," Gelila says. "and it has provided me with so many opportunities." In her post-modeling stage of her life, the Ethiopian dynamo is dedicated to pursuing production and her passion as filmmaker.

With the success and celebrity afforded to her through her work as a recognizable model, Bekele devotes much of her time to aiding people around the world through her charity involvement with groups that help those living in third world nations attain fundamental natural resources like water. Some of the charities Gelila is involved with include Charity: water], Kageno, Keep a Child Alive, Darfur Action Network and A Glimmer of Hope.

"At this time in my life I’m a real sponge. I’m learning simplicity and how to wear my body. I’m enjoying life and trying to be the best me! This is all just the beginning of something big."

Her vital statistics are:
Country: Ethiopia
Star sign: Virgo
Twitter: @iamGelilabekele
Website: www.gelilabekele.com