Beauties Who Do Good: 9 Celebs Whose Charity Work Inspire Us to No End
Cover shoots, cookies and coding, oh my! The supermodel is quite the renaissance woman, and in between all of her jet-setting, she runs Kode With Klossy, an organization which empowers young women to get involved in the male-dominated tech industry.
Recently, she used her travel know-how in a collaboration with Away travel cases on a line of savy and stylish carry-ons and backpacks that feature built-in tech functionalities like USB chargers. The cases are perfect for the students in her organization, as they're ideal for keeping tech gear organized. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to her organization and to coding camps that will host girls age 13-18 this summer.
The reality star believes in giving back for the sake of giving, not for the sake of good press. Her late father raised her to keep in mind her motives for charity work and never to boast about it. At the November 2016 Angel Ball, which honored her father Robert Kardashian, who died of esophageal cancer in 2003, she and her family donated $250,000 to the Gabrielle's Angel Foundation. While she and her sisters felt uncomfortable with the public knowing how much they'd donated, they agreed that what mattered wasn't the amount, but bringing awareness to a cause that mattered to them.
Last Thanksgiving, Khloe joined boyfriend Tristan Thompson for a Turkey Drive in Cleveland, and explained how refreshing it was to help out outside of L.A. “In L.A., it sometimes feels like a lot is done to be seen. Around the holidays, you see so many celebrities going to a homeless shelter or a food drive, which is great, but it should be for the right reasons,” she said.
The Real Housewives of New York City star's B Strong charity sends necessary aid and supplies to those affected by natural disasters. Just one week after flying to Mexico to offer aid in the wake of a destructive 7.1 magnitude earthquake, Frankel traveled to Puerto Rico in 2017 to help victims of the devastating Hurricane Maria. Frankel chartered 4 planes from Florida and New Jersey to distribute $25,000 in cash and Costco gift cards and nearly 15,000 lbs. of critical supplies like water, diapers, canned goods, and more.
Beyoncé is known for using her fame to bring light to social injustice, such as the representation of black women and gender equality. Her Lemonade short film even includes appearances from the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Additionally, she made a powerful Black Lives Matter statement at the 2016 MTV VMAs, walking the red carpet with the three women, as well as the mother of Oscar Grant.
When it comes to being charitable, Swift knows no limits. In 2016, following deadly floods in Louisiana, the singer donated $1 million to those in need. Additionally, she gave a fan $1,989 to put toward paying off college tuition loans, pledged $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame to fund the Taylor Swift Education Center and donated $50,000 to New York City public schools.
Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation supports the wellness of young people, focusing on providing mental health resources, positive communities and a platform on which to be heard.
Mother Monster consistently exemplifies the foundation's message, including in December 2016, when she visited Harlem's Ali Forney Center, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth.
Lovato celebrated five years of sobriety by hand-delivering checks to various Los Angeles-based charities. According to E! News, the causes she supported include "animal, LGBT and adoption rights."
Of course, Lovato is also known for spreading awareness for mental illness. She's publicly spoken about her own struggles and even started a treatment scholarship program in honor of her father, Patrick, who also suffered mental illness and died in 2013.
Proof of Rihanna's charitable efforts: The singer: was named Harvard University's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year. "Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados," said Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter.
Additionally, Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation offers a scholarship program for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries.
In 2014, Miley Cyrus founded the Happy Hippie Foundation, which according to Variety, aims "to provide basic needs and support to homeless youth, the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable populations." At the end of last year, Miley also visited a California children's hospital as part of her efforts with the foundation.