Forget the Oscars, Grammys, and Golden Globes! These stars are looking to use their influence to make a real difference in the world. From global poverty to animal rights, stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, and Natalie Portman are using their stardom for good. See the top celebrity activists!
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Women were front and center at the 2018 Golden Globes in Beverly Hills on January 7, 2018, when they hit the red carpet together in solidarity. They all wore black in support of the Time’s Up moment, which helps fund legal aid for women who have been sexually abused or harassed in the workplace. Many of them also brought along inspiring female activists as their dates to raise more awareness for women’s rights and other important causes.
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He played the Wolf of Wall Street, but in real life, DiCaprio has one of the most active presences in philanthropy. The die-hard environmentalist has devoted his celebrity to working with the Wildlife Conservation Society and his own organization, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. In June 2014 the foundation donated $7 million to ocean conservation, the next month DiCaprio hosted a gala that raised more than $25 million. Then in September 2014 he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
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Instead of raiding tombs, Lara Croft went abroad and developed a passion for humanitarian work. The Oscar winner became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2001 and has traveled the globe, visiting third world countries ever since. Jolie has also spent years lobbying at the U.S. Capital and speaking publicly to members of Congress. She also adopted three children from developing nations with her husband Brad Pitt.
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Hermione works her magic! In July 2014, the Harry Potter star was appointed a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, speaking at the UN Headquarters in support of the “HeForShe” campaign. "I have realized that fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating," she said. "If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop."
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Jason Bourne stopped running and started supporting a worthy cause! The A-list actor created the H20 Africa Foundation in 2009. In 2014 he did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with toilet water to promote clean drinking water. He is also one of the founders of the Not On Our Watch Project to focus attention on mass genocides in war-torn areas like Darfur. He is also a spokesperson for Feeding America and has supported the ONE campaign, aimed at fighting AIDS and poverty. Basically, he's perfect.
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She may be Posh, but that hasn’t kept Beckham from getting her hands dirty. Working with mothers2mothers, the former Spice Girl donated 600 items from her personal closet in 2014 for an auction to raise money for the org, which strives to eliminate the transmission of HIV and AIDS between mothers and their unborn children. She has also spoken at the UN, saying, “I'm a mother, and I want to reach out and help as many women and mothers as I can. Babies should not be born with HIV."
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Not only is he a looker, but Clooney is also a noted human rights activist. He works closely with the Not On Our Watch Project, which focuses on preventing mass genocides. In 2010 he organized the Hope For Haiti Now telethon for earthquake victims. In 2012 he was arrested outside of the Sudanese Embassy while protesting the conditions in Sudan, calling it the “worst humanitarian crisis in the world.”
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The Colombian singing sensation helps out Whenever, Wherever she can! In 1997 she founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation to help her home country develop schools for children who live in poverty. In place of a baby shower registry when she was pregnant with her first child in 2012, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and her longtime partner Gerard Pique asked fans to donate to UNICEF.
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The U2 frontman’s name has become synonymous with philanthropy. Since 1999 he has been a main presence in campaigning for third-world debt relief and raising awareness of problems in Africa like the AIDS pandemic. In 2002 he took a four-country tour of Africa with then-Treasury Secretary Paul H. O’Neill. In 2007 he traveled with NBC’s Brian Williams to Africa to showcase the plight of the people. And in 2008 he was awarded the Man of Peace prize.
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She’s a fighter! The Voice coach has helped out victims in the wake of natural crises/disasters, including citizens of Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake, New Orleans residents in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, and the people of New York and New Jersey in 2012 following Hurricane Sandy. She is also a global spokesperson for World Hunger Relief, traveling to developing nations to bring awareness to malnutrition in the countries.
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A voice for Girls! The writer, director, and actress is a self-proclaimed feminist and longtime activist of women’s rights. She has campaigned in support of Texas Democrat Wendy Davis, talked openly about the “Free the Nipple” campaign on social media, which fights censorship, and the T-shirts for her official 2014 book tour read “Lena <3’s Planned Parenthood.”
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Who run the world? Beyonce! After Hurricane Katrina devastated the South in 2005, Bey and her pal Kelly Rowland founded the Survivor Foundation to provide transitional housing for victims in their hometown of Houston, Texas. Years later she was named an ambassador for the 2012 World Humanitarian Day, donating her song “I Was Here” to the campaign. In 2013 the “Flawless” singer worked with other celebs in the Chime For Change campaign to promote female empowerment.
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Her Vendetta is always positive! The Oscar winner is an animal rights advocate with her own brand of vegan footwear. She also supports anti-poverty initiatives, traveling to Uganda, Guatemala, and Ecuador as the Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International. In 2011 she became an ambassador of Free the Children, an international charity, and education partner and spearheaded their Power of a Girl campaign.
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He has one of the most recognizable voices in the world, and he’s leant it to some worthy causes! Freeman has narrated clips for global organizations like One Earth, to raise environmental awareness. He is also an outspoken opponent of Black History Month, saying, the only way to end racism is to stop talking about it.
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