Zhang Ziyi Named New International Ambassador for Save the Children

Celebrity News Nov. 30, 2012 AT 7:30PM
Zhang Ziyi  attend the Bulgari 'Stop Think Give' exhibition preview and cocktail at Palazzo Pecci Blunt on November 15, 2012 in Rome, Italy. Zhang Ziyi attend the Bulgari 'Stop Think Give' exhibition preview and cocktail at Palazzo Pecci Blunt on November 15, 2012 in Rome, Italy. Credit: Venturelli/Getty Images for Bulgari

Zhang Ziyi is already an international star -- but now she's an international ambassador, too.

The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress has been named the new face of Save the Children's initiative with Italian jeweler Bulgari, the two parties said in a statement.

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"We are proud to announce that Chinese film actress Zhang Ziyi has been appointed International Ambassador of the successful Bulgari and Save the Children partnership," the organizations revealed, pointing out the star's engagement with "local initiatives aiming to relieve hardship, distress, and sickness in orphaned children in China."

As an International Ambassador, the Memoirs of a Geisha actress "will actively support the Bulgari and Save the Children education projects while being involved in communication activities and field trips all around the world."

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Bulgari has contributed more than $20 million to Save the Children since 2009, thanks largely to sales of a special ceramic and silver ring the jeweler created to commemorate the partnership. Proceeds from the bauble have helped fund educational programs in over 20 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Colombia, Haiti, Japan, and Uganda.

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"I am extremely proud to see that our support is having an impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable children on earth," Bulgari CEO Michael Burke said in the statement, adding that he hoped to take a field trip soon to "personally witness how the generosity of individuals can make a life-changing difference for the most underprivileged."

Zhang Ziyi is in good company as an advocate for the jeweler's work with Save the Children. Among the more than 130 celebs who have also shown their support are Sting, Jessica Biel, Olivia Wilde, Ben Stiller, Isabella Rossellini, and Debra Messing.

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