We’ve just celebrated International Women’s Day, and to celebrate we are showing some love to five inspiring celebrities
Female celebs are often praised more for their beauty than their talent, but these stars are using both to help make the world a better place.
From fighting for important causes to working around the clock to empower their fellow sisters, these stars are encouraging and influential.
Here’s a look at fine inspiring Mzansi stars…
Nomzamo Mbatha: The activist
Actress Nomzamo Mbatha made headlines in 2018 when she was unveiled as the cover star of Cosmopolitan SA’s first activism issue.
Her haters called her a fake activist, with some even going so far as to claim she gets paid to attend charity events… a claim she has vehemently denied. “Nomzamo keeps being positioned as an activist when? When has she ever represented anything beyond her looks?”
controversial activist (and resident celebrity troll) Ntsiki Mazwai tweeted.
But unbeknown to the naysayers, Nomzamo has been using her star power for good for years. After losing a close relative to suicide, she fiercely fought to create awareness about mental health. She has also helped young mothers at refugee camps in Kenya and shined the spotlight on the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.
Nomzamo’s hard work as an activist had paid off. She was recently named a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees.
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This morning, as you may have read in the news, I have been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations High Commissioner for @refugees . Grateful to the High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi , for believing in my vision and desire to be a tool and instrument for this organisation. @needaunhcr @melissarfleming the gentle guiding lights and literally saviors on some tough days on some of the missions, to the entire GWA team in Geneva and London, you have made this journey so life altering and I know it will get even more from here on, my LuquLuqu family and the @unhcrpartnershipsafrica offices that hold this continent together tirelessly, SALUTE. 🎥: @viacomafrica . The only thing I have ever been sure of throughout the course of my life was that I wanted to serve. In whichever direction life would take me. It is an Honour to join the organization that inspired me as a little girl and continues to implore me as a young woman, to be named Goodwill Ambassador is an honour and a responsibility I hold dear. May we all be surgeons of humanity and the change we so seek to see in this world. Honoured to serve alongside the UNHCR, the United Nations and my continent. 🙏🏾
LeAnne Dlamini: The girl boss
Catfights are not uncommon in Celebville! Female stars are often pitted against each other and constantly compared in the industry.
But LeAnne Dlamini is all about women empowering each other. Not only has the singer launched a campaign called ‘End Girl Hate’ to encourage women to support each other but she also travels around South African hosting talks aimed at empowerment. “Celebrating my sisters is one of my favorite things to do!” she wrote on Instagram.
LeAnne is also a businesswoman and is always sharing tips with budding entrepreneurs, on social media.