Gelila Bekele is a model, humanitarian, social activist, and filmmaker. Born in Ethiopia, she spends most her life shuttling between Europe and the United States. Bekele’s modeling career began in 2006 working with Ford Models, New York and Paris.
Bekele is currently represented by Women (360) Model Management (New York), and Premium Models (Paris). She is featured in several beauty campaigns including those for Levi’s, Diesel, Tory Burch, Anna Sui, Michael Kors, H&M, Pinko, Nespresso, Pantene and L’Oreal, and has appeared in leading magazines and numerous other publications.
Bekele devotes much of her time to aiding people in Ethiopia, as well as globally, through her charity involvements focusing mainly on the issue of fundamental resources, particularly access to clean water and education. She is presently pursuing her passion as a documentary filmmaker. Her most recent release (2015) is Mai: Life is not Honey. Bekele is also the author of the book Guzo! (2016), which documents the daily lives of native Ethiopians.