Gorgeous Gals Who Give Back
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Kate Moss2 of 22
By Natasha Burton Along with former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, the iconic Kate Moss helped fellow model Naomi Campbell raise funds for women and babies affected by the tragedy in Haiti by holding a star-studded fashion show in London. (She’s seen in the photo, left, with Annabelle Nelson and Naomi.)
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Vanessa Williams3 of 22
This actress has been long dedicated to helping women in need. She serves on the advisory board of Hearts of Gold, a charity that supports New York City’s homeless women and their children, and she recently helped design a pair of Stuart Weitzman shoes that were auctioned off to benefit ovarian cancer awareness and research.
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Gisele Bündchen4 of 22
This Brazilian model gives to charities in both her home country and here in the U.S. She’s served as the spokesperson for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, and a percentage of sales from her line of sandals (Ipanema Gisele Bündchen) goes to protect the Amazon rainforests.
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Jessica Alba5 of 22
This actress had been active in supporting various women’s and children’s rights organizations, including V-Day, the Revlon Run/Walk for Women, Love Our Children USA and the National Center for Mission and Exploited Children.
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Bar Refaeli6 of 22
When she’s not modeling or spending time with her man Leonardo DiCaprio, Bar has been known to volunteer for Project Sunshine, a nonprofit that provides free services and programs for children facing life-threatening illnesses.
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Lucy Liu7 of 22
As an ambassador for UNICEF, this actress traveled to Pakistan and Lesotho, and she’s held art shows that have donated funds to UNICEF directly, as well as through art programs like Whatever It Takes, through which celebrities create and sell artwork to benefit their chosen causes.
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Halle Berry8 of 22
This actress became the first celebrity ambassador for the Diabetes Aware campaign. Halle has been very vocal about her own struggles with the disease, explaining in various interviews how it has impacted her daily life.
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Heidi Klum9 of 22
In addition to supporting charities for causes ranging from skin cancer to family health, she’s been known to donate her red carpet dresses to benefit good causes: One of her Oscar gowns went to the Red Dress Program for heart disease awareness, and another one of her frocks was donated to 27 Dresses, a breast cancer organization.
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Scarlett Johansson10 of 22
This actress skipped last year’s Academy Awards in order to tour India and Sri Lanka with the organization Oxfam, which works to find solutions to poverty around the world. She’s also traveled to Rwanda to increase AIDS awareness and helped Hurricane Katrina victims here in the U.S.
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Megan Fox11 of 22
After appearing in the music video for Eminem’s Grammy-nominated song “Love the Way You Lie,” this actress donated her earnings from the role to help Sojourn House, a shelter that focuses on helping abused women and their children.
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Rihanna12 of 22
Not only is Rihanna a superstar songstress and a fashion icon, she’s a dedicated helper to those in need. In 2006, she created the Believe Foundation to help terminally ill children, and she’s performed a number of benefit concerts to raise money not just for her own organization but for others as well.
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Beyonce13 of 22
Along with fellow Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, Beyonce founded the Survivor Foundation to help Hurricane Katrina victims, and she’s supported a number of charities from Miami Children’s Hospital to Clothes Off Our Back.
LEARN MORE: The Survivor Foundation
Rachel Bilson14 of 22
This past year, the former star of The O.C. teamed up with luxury brand Coach to raise money for The Art of Elysium, an organization that allows working artists to help children with serious illnesses.
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Alyssa Milano15 of 22
This Charmed actress and avid baseball fan donated $50,000 to UNICEF to help Haiti and then challenged American corporations to match it using her Twitter account.
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Maria Sharapova16 of 22
When she’s not on the tennis court, Maria is both a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme and the founder of The Maria Sharapova Foundation. Through this organization, she awards five-year university scholarships to 12 students from Chernobyl-affected areas of Belarus.
LEARN MORE: The Maria Sharapova Foundation
Alicia Silverstone17 of 22
This longtime vegetarian got some major attention for famously stripping down to her birthday suit for a PETA ad campaign.
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Maria Menounos18 of 22
After visiting South Africa, this TV personality founded Take Action Hollywood!, an organization that would utilize the power and funds of the entertainment industry to help various people in need, from hate crime victims to those seeking war relief.
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Sophia Bush19 of 22
Along with her One Tree Hill castmate Austin Nichols, Sophia helped put together a compilation album titled Gasoline Rainbows, which features bands like Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit. The proceeds of the album will go toward eco-organization Global Green’s efforts to help those impacted by the BP oil spill.
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Natalie Imbruglia20 of 22
This Australian singer not only brought us the song “Torn,” she also works with the United Nations Population Fund, specifically to help bring an end to obstetric fistula, a crippling childbirth condition that can occur during prolonged labor.
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Shannon Elizabeth21 of 22
While she may be best known for her famous role as an exchange student in American Pie, this actress also founded Animal Avengers, a group that rescues pets and helps place them in good homes.
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Angelina Jolie22 of 22
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without this actress, who has become the poster woman for doing undo others. She’s traveled around the world and served as an ambassador for various human rights initiatives and, through her and Brad’s Jolie-Pitt Foundation, donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders, among other contributions.
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