Gelila Bekele is a stunning Ethiopian model, actress, social activist, filmmaker, writer and humanitarian popular for producing the 2015 film, Full. Bekele’s career has seen her catwalk various runway shows and grace the front covers of top-notch magazines like Essence, Allure, and Marie Claire. She’s also been involved in several advertisement campaigns. But more importantly, Bekele is a proud mother and is the famed partner of award-winning film magnate, Tyler Perry. This article pieces together details about her bio, parents and other interesting facts you never knew about her.
Gelila Bekele’s Bio, Age
Gelila Bekele was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on September 4, 1986. To parents of Ethiopian origin. Although we have no information on her childhood and early education, we know she and her sister, Anna Wrossetti, were raised in a conservative, middle-class family in Addis Ababa, in addition, she was always keen about being a model all her life, growing up. We’re also not aware of her later education, what degrees she’s earned and from what institutions she’s earned them. But why worry so much about her educational qualification and all? It’s not like Bekele’s running for some public office in her country. Besides, her successful modeling career tends to out shadow any qualifications she must have had before now. Although the specifics may not be clear, we believe she is well read and learned. How else would she have, made it this far?
Gelila Bekele got her start in modeling back in 2006 when she began working with Ford models in New York and Paris. After getting spotted by the company at her home in Ethiopia she began a career that eventually led her into business beyond her country’s shores; in Paris and New York. Since that time, Gelila has graced the cover of several top-notch magazines and has landed endorsement deals with choice brands such as Diesel, Levi’s, Michael Kors, H&M, Tory Burch, Anna Sui, Pinko, Pantene, L’oreal and Colgate Palmolive. So far Bekele has either worked or currently have deals with modeling agencies like the New York-based W360 and Model Management, and Paris based Premium Models.
Not only that, the stunning model has looks fit for careers beyond the runway. She’s also been featured in movies. Gelila Bekele made her debut in the 2009 film, Full; in which she was featured alongside Dino Antoniou. She’s also a certified filmmaker. Wondering where that came from? Bekele has a partner. In 2015, she released her first film titled, Mai: Life is not Honey; a short film addressing the global problem of lack of access to potable water. So, far, this has been her only film yet. But we’re sure there’s more to follow. And when they do, we’ll be the first to let you know.
In 2016, barely a year after the release of her first film, Bekele added another feather to her cap, publishing her bestseller book, Guzo. The book uncovers the intricate culture, religious beliefs, occupations, traditions, and customs of the six major tribes in Ethiopia; Hamar, Tigray, Afar, Raya, Harrar, and the Lasta Lalibela tribe. The book displays beautiful snapshots portraying the fascinating arts, crafts, historical monument and significant observances of these tribes. And has received numerous positive reviews.
Asides being the gorgeous figure ambling down hallowed runways, Gelila Bekele is a staunch activist and has a large heart for social and humanitarian works. Since she came into the limelight, she has been a supporter of several charitable and philanthropic ventures. She is known for projects like Charity: water and other equally impactful projects around the globe.
Gelila Bekele’s Parents
As far as specifics go we have no details on Bekele’s parents. Nevertheless, we deem it safe to presume they are both Ethiopians. We also know she has a younger step-sister, Anna Wrossetti, who has appeared in a number of social media posts with Bekele.
All About Tyler Perry’s Wife/ Partner And Her Son
1. Net Worth
Gelila Bekele’s over-ten-year modeling career has given her an incredible track record in the fashion and modeling space, with several credits and “bucks” to show for it. Sources reveal her net worth to be estimated at over $2 million. While that’s no chicken feed, it is dwarfed by her partner’s $600 million fortune.
2. Husband and Son
Gelila Bekele met her heartthrob, award-winning American actor, and film producer, Tyler Perry back in 2009. Since then they have been in a romantic relationship. A decade has gone down the line but there’s no news about them getting married. Nevertheless, they live together and on November 30, 2014, they welcomed a son they christened, Aman Tyler Perry.
3. Height and Body Measurement
For a model her class, Gelila Bekele maintains that graceful slim build. She stands 5 feet 9 inches (1.79) tall and weighs 134lbs (60 kg). Bekele has dark-brown hair; and dark-brown eyes. She wears a bra size of 32B, a shoe size of 6 (US). Her bust waist and hips measure 33-24-35.
4. Social Media
Being an inspiring model and humanitarian, Bekele’s goodwill has led to her heavy followings on social media. On Twitter, she has over 6k followers. Her facebook page has over 30k followings; while over 62k users follow her on Instagram.