Lily Tenaw is an Ethiopian American fashion model based in the City of New York in America. Lily began her career in modelling at age 14 and through her many years of experience, has received modelling certificates from Organizations and Institutions like John Robert Power, and Mary Joy Aid Through DevelopmentMJATD is A Non-Profit Organization that works tirelessly to improve the health and living conditions of some of the poorest people in Ethiopia“. She has worked with fashion photographers like Jessie Hodge, Anthony Winters, Barry Conley and Sho Dyer, has been featured in Hyped Hair Magazine and Essence Magazine, modelled for Forever 21 and appeared in two issues of Jones Beach Exotic Island Calendar. Some of her favourite designers to work with include Shacara Cook, Whitney McCalla, Melissa Cocco and Alyssa Alvarez. Presently, Lily is planning to get into acting when she visits Ethiopia in December, do more humanitarian work and connect more with the people from her home country. Lily isn’t a new face in Zen as she was featured in our December 2011 Digital issue “Editorial on 10 Smart, Sexy & Stylish African Models” and recently appeared in a music video directed by African Supermodel Liya Kebede.

Some agencies said they don’t like models with full hips, however as I grow older, I start to not care about losing weight and enjoy my body, says Lily on why she wants to get into the acting

Lily has learned to appreciate her curves and has gotten into Commercial modelling on a full time basis. A Fashion Model who didn’t let the rejection of a few agencies stop her dream, Lily has got the beauty, brains and steel to go all the way.

Photographer: Anthony Winters
Makeup and Hairstylist: Damion Gerardo
Styled by Herself