Opening her eyes to the issues faced by some of the poorest in the world, Katy Perry visited Madagascar last week on a UNICEF mission.
The “Wide Awake” singer checked out the charity’s educational and health programs while in the impoverished nation.
In a statement, the 38-year-old pop star shared, “In less than one week here in Madagascar, I went from crowded city slums to the most remote villages and my eyes were widely opened by the incredible need for a healthy life — nutrition, sanitation, and protection against rape and abuse — which UNICEF are stepping in to help provide.”
Appreciating the experience, Ms. Perry added, “I am grateful to UNICEF for giving me the opportunity to see first-hand how their programs make a real difference in children’s lives. Support for UNICEF is saving children, I am a witness to it.”
Though it may have been a quite sobering visit, Katy showed her Twitter followers a glimpse of her fun personality peeking through the hardship when she posted a photo of herself fist-bumping a young child with the caption, “One of my favorite moments from my life changing @UNICEF trip to Madagascar!”
President Barack Obama’s second inauguration is turning out to be a star-studded affair as new acts continue to confirm their spot on the lineup.
The latest celebrity acts taking part in the festivities include Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Usher, Brad Paisley and the main members of the “Glee” cast.
Each of these guests are slated to appear in various events throughout the inaugural affair, including the Kids’ Inaugural on Saturday, January 19 and the official ball, which is held on Sunday, January 21.
Beyonce already confirmed her spot singing the national anthem at the actual inauguration ceremony. She will be joined by James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson.
Making a stunning red carpet arrival, Katy Perry was on hand at the Billboard’s Woman of the Year luncheon in New York City this afternoon (November 30).
The 28-year-old honoree graces the cover of the special Women in Music issue of the magazine and dishes on topics including being chosen as the special gal to being a role model.
Highlights from Miss Perry’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Billboard!
On being chosen as Billboard’s Woman of the Year:
“I’d thought my year was over, that it was time to pass the baton. But I guess I get to hold onto it until the end of the year [laughs]. It’s truly a lovely compliment. Seeing who has been honored in the past-Beyonce, Taylor Swift and others-I’m in good company.”
On being a role model:
“I’d like to change the phrase ‘role model’ to ‘inspiration.’ ‘Role model’ puts you on a pedestal that no one can really live up to. For me, aspiring to be an artist at a young age, I didn’t think about being a role model. But I definitely thought about being an inspiration. So I hope that I am an inspiration, especially with my work ethic and my ability to overcome obstacles.”
On the last two years:
“It feels like the record that never ends [laughs]. I’m glad I’m still alive-27 has been a very testing year. I feel I’m in the same position I was in after I made the first record. I toured [on] that and then made the second record and toured that. Now I’m at an in-between position again. But I’m not scared or feeling uncertain. It’s still about coming from a very honest place to reconnect with my core.”
Enjoy the pictures of Katy Perry at the Billboard’s Woman of the Year Awards (November 30).
Tuesday’s Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA season opener had a slew of celebrities in attendance, including courtside staples like Jack Nicholson, David Beckham, Adam Levine and Zac Efron – plus exes Katy Perry and Russell Brand.