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Freida Pinto: Plan International's Newest Global Brand Ambassador!

Freida Pinto: Plan International's Newest Global Brand Ambassador!

Freida Pinto poses with some children during a recent trip to Sierra Leone as part of her new position as Global Brand Ambassador of Plan International’s Because I am a Girl campaign.

“Educate and empower a girl and she will help build a stronger community,” the 27-year-old actress wrote in her Plan blog. “Ask them what their dreams are and they will…tell you that they want to be accountants, doctors, journalists, politicians β€” but only after they say that they dream of a place that is rid of gender inequality.”

“I was asked by a journalist in Sierra Leone, what hope can I give these girls to which I said: β€œTo be very honest, these girls have given me hope,” Freida added.

Check out Freida‘s video blog below…

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# 1

Naturally pretty and compassionate too <33

# 2

Ah, another celebrity goes to pose with the poor African kids. Why don’t celebs ever go to India, South America, etc.? Poverty in those countries is just as bad.

# 3

help out the millions of orphans and poor kids in your own country first as you portray one in slumdog millionaire before jumping on some africa bandwagon.

# 4

Poverty in any country is bad. I’m just glad she’s doing something, Glad anyone brings out the dangers girls in these countries suffer because they are ‘female’. One documentary covering the dangers of female births in India had one woman who had already suffocated three of her new born baby girls because she couldn’t afford them. When asked why she just didn’t bring the baby to an
Orphanage, she answered, “Why would I carry a child for nine months and give her to someone else?”. The very poor in India want boys, not girls. Girls light the fire on the death of a father and some poor families don’t have the dowry for a girl. It’s very very sad.

# 5

@kira:

And what are YOU doing?

# 6
Another One @ 08/16/2012 at 10:51 am

Copying Ang

# 7

@Another One:
I love Angie just as much as anyone but come on. Compassion and helping others is not copying. Also, for the people who are saying that Africans are the only ones being helped, what are you doing with your life? I hate when people judge people for doing charity work. Really? Go Frida!

# 8

Who cares if she didn’t help out her home country first? So what if she went to Africa instead of all of the other poor countries? Shouldn’t the fact that she’s trying to help be enough? People always find something to complain about when others are doing good. Celebrities don’t always got Africa anyway, Angelina Jolie doesn’t and one of the charities Justin Bieber is apart of build schools all over the world for countries in poverty.

# 9

i dont f**king care where shes from as long as she helps those in needs!
You are beautiful Freida!

Kudos to Freida for lending her Support to these beautiful kids.We have many bilionares and rich ppl in our country.But most of rich indians including bolly celebs are interested in only increasing there wealth.They never do any charity here.

Plan asked her for her help and she volunteered.Stop hating and being so petty.And guess What?? India is only behind US and China in its number of billionaires.By Global Standards,its Charitable giving is miserly.Quoting Newyork Times, India’s Wealthy are giving away 1.3-3% of there yearly Income as Compared to 9% Donated each Year in the US

rashid khan @ 08/16/2012 at 12:29 pm

Lol wonder where are all those Indians haters of Freida..Just reading Comments in her Previous Posts in this Site its Very Clear that its Only Few Indians who keep on making many Nasty Comments about under different names.

Aishwarya Fan @ 08/16/2012 at 12:47 pm

As an Indian im very Proud of Freida.But Sadly Most Indians Completely Hate Her Just Because She is Not Fair Skinned like other Indian Actresses.Interestingly Indians have No Problem in Accepting Most of our Male Superstars who are all Extremely Dark. But Actresses alone are expected to look very Fair Skinned to Succeed in Indian Film Industry.

@sillyme:who cares those people are not more or less important help is help, do you do any charity work or do you sit behind your computer bitching about celebs who do good!!

Salvadora @ 08/16/2012 at 3:06 pm

I think it’s great that she wants to bring awareness for gender issues around the world. She’s just doing what many Hollywood actresses have done so I don’t think it’s much different just ’cause she’s Indian.
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But I agree it would be interesting if she, as an Indian and an Asian, would ALSO get involved in the region she was brought up in…you know as someone from that culture maybe she has a deeper understanding of the complex issues surrounding gender inequality in her home country. Lasting change many times, must come from within. Even if she herself probably hasn’t had much experience of being poor or extreme forms of gender repression…but still she probably has another type of inside knowledge about it just by sharing some cultural information..maybe. Plus she might have a bigger impact among her own people, than she does as an outsider coming to Africa trying to “bring awareness” or whatever it is.
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It’s also a little…misleading…that Africa is always the recipient of this kind of attention. Asia is still the region in the world that has the largest amount of individuals living in extreme poverty.
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But then again…maybe the sole objective with this kind of celebrity endorsement is purely to get people to give more money to the organization. Which is not a bad thing if their work is efficient and all they need to bring about gender equality is more money for their projects…?

@Aishwarya Fan: I don’t get it…she’s very beautiful. Just ’cause you have fair skin doesn’t mean you’re more beautiful. Besides, her name isn’t very natively Indian is it? I think I read somewhere that she has Spanish or Portuguese ancestry?

@Li:

Learning history might help. The Portuguese colonized India, and there were forced conversions to Christianity . And with forced conversions comes replacing one’s own culture with that of their conquerors’. Her ancestors’ names were changed, doesn’t mean she isn’t 100% Indian.

From Freida Pinto herself: ” The Portuguese people love to claim me as one of their own, and I don’t like that”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/8658314/Freida-Pinto-wants-to-undergo-DNA-test-to-prove-she-is-Indian.html

my dream girl is here!! Come to Nottingham Freida, ill show you around where Robinhood spent all his years doing good for the poor!

Awwww…..Freida looks so fresh and young.
Respect to anyone who does even a small thing to help the less privileged.
So far no bigots calling her maid, slum girl, blackie etc……What a relief.

Love her, she’s a real actress. She stays out of the spotlight unless paps just happen to get lucky! She is so giving and sweet.

@kumar: Many indian celebs have helped out with chartites. Do you honestly think that Freida Pinto is doing this because she cares? I don’t think so. She just wants to show herself in a good light. She isn’t donating her own money, coming up with it or coming up with her own charities like Angelina Jolie or Bill Gates.
Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh, Salman Khan have given aways their own hard earned money. I don’t think she has done that.

jamil dewsi @ 08/18/2012 at 12:09 am

Indian stars like Amir khan and Aishwarya do more chairty work than her. US stars like Angelina and Brad do more then her too. Why is it okay to insult them but not her? More wealthy,famous people have done much more than Freida Pinto. She is only doing this for her own gain, its obvious. Do those girls even know who Freida is? I doubt it.

Aishwarya Fan @ 08/18/2012 at 2:49 am

lol why do u have to make two comments to Support yourself? Aamir and Ash does charity?? Whats ur source? Are u talking about the Same Aamir Khan who earns 2 crore per episode for Satyamevajayate but Advices Doctors of India to do Charity?

Raj Kappor @ 08/18/2012 at 4:33 pm

Do you have any evidence that Freida has ever donated money, help bulid homes for the poor, help with a natural disaster crisis? I have never even heard of Plan or any other celebrites who are apart of it. Where are your sources? Keep sniffing up Freida Pinto’s ass to feel better about yourself you pathetic troll.
You like to keep mentioning the light/skin dark skin crap. Well why doesn’t Freida Pinto try to help poor abandon girls in India or take a stand agaisnt these lighting products? Why is she part of LOreal when they are the ones making these lighting creams? There are organziation in India that help these girls and have backing from indian celebrities. So why doesn’t she help them?
I have never seen Freida do any chairty work before. Infact I have seen her do more of shopping around in NY than do chairty work or even her own job, which is acting.

Raj Kappor @ 08/18/2012 at 4:36 pm

Oh and you can keep thumbing up your own pathetic comments and thumbing down anyone who doens’t agree with you. LOL giving yourself 11 thumbs up? What a loser.

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