Ethiopian model Liya Kebede believes diversity is a "slow progress", both in the fashion and film industries. Speaking during an appearance at Cannes Film Festival, Liya commented that she has seen a move forward in the last few years and hopes it simply isn't just a phase: "Diversity is an issue — not just in fashion but in general, even in cinema. Especially when you're here, you also see it. It's a slow progress. I think things are getting better a little bit. I think this year and in the last couple of years, there has been a bit more diversity, definitely in fashion, but I just hope it's not just a phase thing and then it phases out. I hope it's something that becomes just normal. I think it's time — well, it's been time."
The 37-year-old model adds that appearing on the red carpet is always a huge thrill: "It was super exciting actually. I think we were all very nervous, I think it was kind of nerve-wracking, but Cannes is always full of magic and full of excitement and that red carpet is pretty special."