Celebrity charity campaigns show a generous side to our favourite superstars, urging us to dig deep or spread the word on worthy causes across the globe. We might be used to seeing Angelina Jolie working for the UN, or supermodel Natalia Vodianova running a funfair for her Naked Heart Foundation, but these latest celebrity charity campaigns might surprise you...
Kylie Jenner's lip kits have become something of a social media phenomenon, selling out in seconds and fast becoming one of the most coveted beauty buys of all time. However, Miss Jenner isn't about to keep all that kit cash for herself. Back in October, Kylie launched a new lip kit colour called 'Smile', the proceeds of which she would donate to to the non-profit organisation Smile Train, which funds cleft surgeries for children around the world. Kylie presented the cheque for $159,500 to the charity's CEO, Susannah Schaefer in person, stating:
'Through my company Kylie Cosmetics, I was able to create a beautiful pink lip kit shade called 'Smile' specifically for Smile Train. I couldn’t be happier that 100% of the net proceeds are going straight to Smile Train to help kids around the world get the surgery they need to help them have beautiful smiles and the opportunity to live healthy, happy lives.'
The money will fund cleft lip and palate surgeries for 638 deserving children. Fair play to you KyJen.
Taylor Swift made a signifiant contribution to Cedars-Sinai hospital, where her godson, Leo (son of close friend Jaime King) was treated for a heart defect. Posting a thanks on her Instagram page, Jaime wrote ‘@taylorswift does so many selfless acts that go unnoticed because she does them silently, from such a great place of unconditional giving’.
This isn’t the first time Tay has dug deep; after the Louisiana floods, Taylor Swift is donating $1 million of her own money to the disaster relief, releasing a statement saying ‘We began the 1989 tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home. The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking. I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time’. Taylor also donated $250,000 to Kesha during her lawsuit with Dr Luke, and donating money in aid of endangered elephants - to name a few!
Working alongside designer Marc Jacobs and artist Marilyn Winter, Miley Cyrus announced a charitable t-shirt collaboration at the annual Planned Parenthood NYC luncheon at the Pierre Hotel. She of the twerk was photographed by Winter in an exclusive shoot, with the resulting image being sold in a limited run, with 100% of the proceeds going to charity Planned Parenthood. Marc Jacobs sold t-shirts to accompany the collaboration featuring additional images from the shoot, together with slogans supporting the cause.
Kim Kardashian West
Turns out Kim tunes into American TV show The Dish when she's breastfeeding, and this morning it made a big impact on the new Mum. A little girl appeared on the show trying to riase 1,000 shoes for the charity Soles For Souls, and Kimye wanted to help her reach her target by donating the entire amount of shoes. He is the Shoe Designer Of The Year, after all...
This isn't the first Mrs West has revealed her charitable streak. Kim and the rest of the clan regularly clear out their closets and put the profits towards charitable causes, while Kim and Khloe brought attention to the Armenian genocide during their recent trip. Kim also produced a documentary about mental health and social media.
What do George Clooney, Edinburgh and sandwiches have to do with helping the homeless? The Hollywood A-lister recently headed to Social Bite in Scotland, where he pre-payed for sandwiches for the homeless - before tucking into one himself. What a nice guy! The shop is staffed by people who have struggled with homelessness previously, with 100% of profits going to charity.
Rebel might have her own fashion line, but she's got one big problem - she can't walk in high heels. On the Ellen show, Rebel was hit with a high-heel obstacle course, which she took on (with as much grace as possible while holding a full martini glass) to raise $10,000 for Tanzania charity The School of St. Judes, which provides free education for poorer children in Arusha, Tanzania.
The supermodel kindly donated a very generous $100,000 to help two injured elephants walk again. The money was used by Thailand-based Friends Of The Asian Elephant to source custom-made limbs for the mammals who had sadly stepped on land-mines. 'When I thanked her, Miss Kerr said she appreciated what my foundation was doing and she was happy to know about FAE and happy to help our good cause,' the charity's founder Soraida Salwala.
Ed was once rumoured to be taking an extended break from touring and recording to volunteer in his local charity shop in Suffolk. Manager of the Sue Ryder store, Jacqui Bell, said that there was a good chance our Ed would be lending a hand alongside the other volunteers, aged between 61 and 91. Ed previously donated his entire wardrobe to charity, is said to be turning an old police station into a youth club and even granted the last wish of a terminally ill superfan by marrying her. Could we love Ed anymore?!
Akon (yes, Akon, the man behind Smack That and Locked Up) is set to bring solar energy to 60 million rural Africa with his project Akon Lighting Africa. The Senegalese singer, whose real name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam (we’ll stick with Akon…), wants to create jobs and train African engineers to make the most of the 320 days of sunshine the continent experiences a year.
When Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t living it up on yachts with Rihanna or taking pics with his new selfie stick, he's committed to solving climate change and saving endangered species with The Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation. He calls this a most urgent message in a most urgent time, and we’re inclined to agree. Who knew?! Maybe Titanic served as inspiration.
From Hermione Granger to UN ambassador, Emma Watson has come a long way since her showbiz debut aged 11. Now speaking for the UN about female rights with her campaign He For She, Emma also promotes international issues and attends dinners at Buckingham Palace. Did anyone see that coming?