Don’t be surprised — she will still rise.
Clinton made an unannounced appearance at the charity gala on Tuesday to present Perry with the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund’s Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award. Perry, who is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, was a vocal supporter of the former secretary of state during her campaign for the presidency this year.
“Slowly, I am coming down from the beautiful cloud that was Tuesday night’s @UNICEF Snowflake Ball,” wrote Perry in the lengthy message accompanying a photo of her and Clinton. “First and foremost, I am incredibly grateful to have received the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award from my hero @HillaryClinton. This award will be a constant reminder to get out of my bubble and back into the field to shine a light on issues that matter most, especially to illuminate the plight of vulnerable children who are living without basic human needs and rights.”
Perry, 32, said that she was “profoundly moved” by Clinton’s appearance — one of only two public outings that the latter has made since conceding the election to Donald Trump in November. “I broke down and wept watching her take the stage,” she admitted.
She said, Thursday, “From the outside it probably looks as though I’ve always had a ‘voice.’ Truth is, I have never had one like I have found in the past year. I have a found a new voice, a more determined voice.”
The star said she was previously “scared” to speak out about her beliefs “for fear of giving the wrong answer.”
“Hillary helped me see that we’re all in this together, no matter where we come from, what color we are, or what status and education we have or don’t have,” she shared. “Hillary lit a fire inside of me that burns brighter and brighter every day, and that fire will NEVER be put out. Feelings of despair still comes in waves, but now more than ever I am MOTIVATED to fight against social injustice and to promote equality and kindness as best I know how, through my art and influence.”
Concluding, she wrote, “It’s funny, sometimes people who disagree with me just say, ‘Shut up and sing.’ Boy, will I do so in a whole new way… next year. Hell hath no fury like a woman REBORN.”
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At Tuesday’s gala, Clinton said that “we need champions like Katy now more than ever. We need her passion, her energy, and, yes, her voice.”