Day 203- Selena Gomez

Selena's only 17, but she's already a successful actress, singer, and entrepreneur.

When you type in “Selena Gomez” in Google Images, hundreds of photos pop up. Many of them are of her in elegant evening gowns, for some awards gala or benefit event or other. But, I already know that Selena can dress well– very well, as a matter of fact. So, I chose to share this more low-key, casual look, so as to show that she can make even a baseball-style shirt look like a million bucks!

Indeed, it would seem that everything this kid touches turns to gold. Already a familiar face in young Hollywood, Gomez is the star of the Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place.”

But when she’s not casting an invisibility spell on her “brother,” Selena is bringing awareness to different worthy causes. She is the youngest UNICEF ambassador to date. Last September, she traveled to the African nation of Ghana, and spent a week there to witness the devastating poverty the people live in.

In 2008, Gomez took part in the UR Votes Count campaign “which helped encourage teenagers [to] learn more about their 2008 Presidential candidates (Barack Obama and John McCain)” (from Wikipedia).

A self-described animal-lover, while filming “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie” in Puerto Rico, she became involved with a charity called Island Dog, “which helps dogs in Puerto Rico.”

As a Disney Channel artist, Selena is currently involved in Disney’s Friends for Change, to promote “environmentally-friendly behavior.” She was also named the spokesperson for UNICEF’s Trick-or-Treat campaign.

Of her work as an ambassador to UNICEF, Selena has said: “Every day 25,000 children die from preventable causes. I stand with UNICEF in the belief that we can change that number from 25,000 to zero. I know we can achieve this because every moment, UNICEF is on the ground providing children with the lifesaving assistance needed to ensure zero becomes a reality.”

I will be rooting for this continually rising star as she strives to ‘make magic’ in the lives of others! Maybe she can cast a spell on the hearts of people, that they will be as passionate about spina bifida awareness as I am! (Although that would be very challenging!)

Remember to please visit CNN’s Impact Your World site, to learn more about how you can help the people of Chile and Haiti recover from their natural disasters.

And…please do E-mail me at laurita.tellado@gmail.com with any questions, thoughts, ideas, or suggestions for my blog. This is always a work in progress, and the stories I hear from you are what gives meaning and substance to my humble efforts!

Much love to my cousins Kevin, Eduardo, and Andrea, who all had birthdays this past week! I love you guys so much.

I love you all too,

Laurita ♥

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