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Weekly Gathering of Joy: Celebrities Making a Difference

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It is no secret that I have zero interest in celebrity gossip, the amount of mindless garbage that is spewed into our lives by the tabloids and ‘trash’ magazines is surely contributing to the narcissistic and body hating young generation? The rates of eating disorders, obsessions with body image and the unrealistic comparisons are overwhelming! I am frightened for our girls and our boys, entering into this world where looks and fame seem to be the ultimate sign of success.

Thankfully there are a handful of celebrities using their fame to make a difference, rather than simply to benefit themselves .. yes I’m looking at you Kardashians. There is surely no excuse for someone whose fame allows them the greatest exposure and power to utilise at least some of that for good? In my eyes it is essential, and I only wish that more celebrities, influencers and high profile humans felt this way. Imagine the positive impact that this collective could have, rather than the overwhelming negatives?

So in the hopes of creating a little less celebrity trash, and a lot more celebrating inspiration .. I have gathered a few of my favourites, those who clearly care and who have done something extraordinary with their gifts and their privileges:

Angelina Jolie + Brad Pitt: I am in awe of the impact this family is having globally, Angelina does not rest in her mission to make a difference. They have their own charity, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation as well as giving many millions to causes such as poverty, orphaned children, HIV/AIDS, natural disasters and many more.

Lady Gaga: this amazing woman is passionate about empowering youth, positive body image, bullying and acceptance. Her charity Born this Way Foundation does some wonderful work supporting young people and creating a more brave and kind world.

Emma Watson: is such a graceful young woman, unlike some others she has chosen a path of maturity and dignity. Her recent work with Unifem has raised the profile of gender equality and she is clearly passionate about women’s issues.

Taylor Swift: is another example of a positive female role model, who has handled her fame with composure and authenticity. Taylor Swift is often named the most charitable celebrity and she supports a variety of causes including education, hunger and poverty and natural disaster relief.

Kristen Bell: is a very vocal and active advocate for animal rights and she has been a vegetarian since she was 11 years old. Her generosity is abundant and she also seems to be very supportive of many other causes.

David Arquette: was recently awarded a Noble Award for this amazing work with Feeding America, he is clearly passionate about doing what he can to alleviate homelessness and poverty.

Goldie Hawn: founded the Hawn Foundation to provide social and emotional learning programs aimed at increasing resilience in children. I have followed this journey for quite a few years and her programs are amazing.

Do you know of any other celebrities making such an amazing difference in the world?

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