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Liya Kebede is bringing the model fab on a bold new cover for VOGUE Paris’ May 2015 issue. In other news, John Legend is fighting to change the way we incarcerate Americans. Peep Liya’s vibrant cover and deets on John’s new initiative inside…

We may have recently kicked off the spring season, but supermodel Liya Kebede is ready to kick-off the summer season with her bold and fearless new magazine cover.

Shot by famed photographers Inez & Vinoodh, the Ethiopian beauty rocked a psychedelic couture catsuit by Dior for VOGUE Paris’ May 2015 issue. Not only does she slay her shoot, the YBF model chick becomes the first model of color to grace the cover of the magazine since 2010. And she does NOT disappoint. Congrats!

You can grab your copy once it hits newsstands April 22nd.

In other news…

R&B crooner John Legend is using his star power for the greater good. The “All Of Me” singer has launched a new campaign to help fight against and bring awareness to mass incarceration, one of issues he touched on during his Academy Award winning speech this year.

Today, the Oscar winner announced his multiyear initiative, FREE AMERICA. John will travel to Austin, Texas on Thursday to meet and perform for inmates inside of a Texas prison. He will also join a press conference with state legislators to discuss Texas’ criminal justice system, according to reports.

During an interview with the AP, he said,

“We have a serious problem with incarceration in this country. It’s destroying families, it’s destroying communities and we’re the most incarcerated country in the world, and when you look deeper and look at the reasons we got to this place, we as a society made some choices politically and legislatively, culturally to deal with poverty, deal with mental illness in a certain way and that way usually involves using incarceration.”

After visiting Texas, the “Glory” singer will travel a state prison in California and will co-host a criminal justice event with Politico in Washington, D.C. He will also call on a few of his celebrity friends and different organizations around the nation who are committed to ending mass incarceration to join him in his fight.

“I’m just trying to create some more awareness to this issue and trying to make some real change legislatively,” he said. “And we’re not the only ones. There are senators that are looking at this, like Rand Paul and Cory Booker, there are other nonprofits that are looking at this, and I just wanted to add my voice to that.”


Photos: Vogue Paris/Getty

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