Gelila Bekele is an American-Ethiopian model who has amassed a net worth equal to about $400 thousand dollars thanks to her film appearances and modeling contracts. Bekele is perhaps better known for her well-publicized personal life than her professional ventures.
Income Source of Gelila Bekele
Gelila Bekele earns most prominently through her modeling contracts. Bekele has also earned significantly from her acting and producing gigs in films and her stint as a documentary filmmaker. She is a published author and has known to be featured in ad campaigns of several well-known brands.
Career and Achievements
of Gelila Bekele
Gelila Bekele started her modeling career with Ford Models but is currently signed with Women (360) Model Management in New York and with Premium Models in Paris. Her transatlantic success has been praised by many brands, most of whom have enlisted her to appear in their ad campaigns. The most notable of these include L’Oreal, Michael Kors, Diesel and Levi’s. In addition to promotional campaigns, Bekele’s irresistible charm has led her to grace the cover of many famous magazines.
Gelila Bekele appeared in her first credited movie in the 2009 short film titled ‘Full’. Bekele is also scheduled to appear in Mo Scarpelli’s Annabessa which is in stages of post-production as of July 2018. The film will mark her Amharic language debut. Gelila also directed a short documentary focusing on the water crisis in her native Ethiopia in addition to addressing of impact of education among young Ethiopian girls. The 22-minute long film was called ‘Mai: Life is not Honey” and was released in 2015. 2015 also marked Bekele’s debut in the publication circuit when she published her book Guzo. The book was a hardcover collection of photographs of everyday life in Ethiopia. All of the photographs featured in the book were taken by Bekele herself and she dedicated the book to the beauty and power of her native country.
Personal Life of Gelila Bekele
Gelila Bekele was born to Ethiopian parents in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia but her family moved to Europe when she was 8. She left the continent to pursue her undergraduate studies in the USA and has since been residing in the country. She has both Ethiopian and American citizenship.
Gelila Bekele has been in a relationship with American actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry since 2019. Despite having an on and off relationship, the pair has constantly been rumored of having a secret wedding. Both Bekele and Perry have denied the rumors. Their son, Aman Tyler Perry was born in 2014. Apparently, Bekele broke the news of her pregnancy to Perry via Facetime. The couple is super secretive about their son although both have spoken about parenthood as a life-changing experience.
Gelila Bekele: Engagement on Online World
Gelila Bekele has a very active online presence with more than 57 thousand followers on her Instagram account. Her Facebook page is followed by more than 29 thousand people and she has over 5 thousand followers on her Twitter handle. She has also launched her own website and a separate website to promote her book.