With the Cannes Film Festival fully underway, we sat down with model, designer, activist, and L'Oréal Paris spokesperson Liya Kebede to get the inside scoop on how she prepares for the endless red carpet.

StyleList: What are your three travel essentials?
Liya Kebede: A good book! Right now I'm in between, but I'm trying to get the new Paulo Cohelo book. I always have my Mac with me because I watch a lot of films, and I keep everything in my Lemlem bag.

SL: When picking your wardrobe for Cannes, what is the process like?
LK: It's very complicated, and it's very intense. Until about a week ago, I did not know what I was wearing. I look at a lot of different things, and sometimes I work with designers and they make something custom. This time I found something really special and I'm going a little out of the box.

SL: What is the best beauty tip anyone has ever given you?
LK: Take good care of your skin, and hydrate. If you have good skin, everything else will fall into place.

SL: Tell us about your company Lemlem. You've designed for the fashion and home markets, but are there any other areas you'd like to expand to?
LK: Definitely. It's becoming a force on its own, and it'll be interesting to see where we'll be in the next five years. It has such an incredible following already and it's a very identifiable brand.

SL: How do you balance being a mother, activist, model, and designer all at the same time?
LK: Oh you know, it's not always smooth, but I'm really passionate about all of these things.
I really enjoy each part.

Above, Liya wears a Roberto Cavalli gown on the Cannes red carpet.

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