M.I.A. knows how to make some noise. At Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People party, the singer sauntered up to Oprah and asked her to help galang-a-lang-a-lang the government sanctioned bombings of civilians in her motherland, Sri Lanka. [Radar] — Oprah, help a woman out!The Sri Lankan civil war has been on-again/off-again for over 25 years, and M.I.A. is determined to do something about it. At the event, she wanted to make her case to Michelle Obama, but she wasn’t able to get near enough to her, thanks to all the secret service agents. After the event, M.I.A. blogged:
“I WASNT SURE ABOUT MY INFLUENCE BUT……..IF I DO HAVE ANY INFLUENCE, I WISH I COULD GET THE MEDIA TO SPOTLIGHT THIS…OPRAH CAN YOU DO SOMETHING BOUT THESE CAMPS PLEEEEEEEEEEASE?” [Myspace]
It’s a tall order, but somebody’s gotta do it. Luckily, M.I.A. doesn’t have to carry the weight of the world on her own. Here are four other famous females who are doing their part for the charities that get them worked up.
- Girls Just Wanna Have Funds. Sarah Jessica Parker has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1998. She’s traveled to Liberia, advertised their annual “Trick or Treat” campaign, and blogged for the international organization. [UNICEF] — She’s a real life Carrie Bradshaw!
- Aids For AIDS. Burlesque dancing queen Dita Von Teese is as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside. In addition to her MAC Viva Glam makeup line, the proceeds of which go to various HIV/AIDS charities, the pinup has teamed up with H&M’s second Fashion Against AIDS campaign to design a t-shirt in stores May 28th. [My Fashion Life] — And from the looks of the print, Dita gives good face.
- Bankable Beauty. Natalie Portman knows money makes the world go round, and she does her best to spread the love. The Harvard grad made a documentary about the Foundation for International Community Assistance, was named the organization’s Ambassador of Hope, and helped launch their Village Banking Campaign, which will have 100,000 local bank branches servicing the lowest income areas by 2010. [VillageBanking.org] — If only she could use her star power to eradicate ATM fees.
- From The Top Down. Mexican actress Salma Hayek has given her time, hard-earned cash, and even her magnificent chi-chi’s to charity! In addition to founding the Salma Hayek Foundation against domestic abuse, she has partnered with Pampers as their global spokeswoman for the “1 Pack = 1 Vaccine” campaign, which is trying to stop the spread of tetanus in mothers and their babies. Salma’s maternal instincts are so strong that while on a trip to Sierra Leone for UNICEF, she breastfed a hungry week-old baby whose mother wasn’t able to produce milk. [LookToTheStars.org] — What a woman! Salma must have an extra difficult time getting men to stop acting like babies around her.