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Through fame, celebrities have the power to influence and gather others in support of a cause.

Victoria Beckham, singer and wife of soccer player, David Beckham, participated in the ‘Fashion Saves Lives’ Sale, which gave one-hundred percent of its profit to the program, Save the Children.

In 1919, Eglantyne Jebb and Dorothy Buxton started a fund for Save the Children, which would assist children in areas of conflict. Today, the organization acts in 120 countries, providing basic care for children, such as education, health care, protection, food and water. The ultimate goal of the organization is to end child deaths from preventable diseases by 2030.

Recently, Victoria Beckham donated 25 of her daughter’s outfits to the cause. Three-year-old Harper’s donated clothes consisted of iconic brands such as Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Charlotte Olympia, Chloe, Roksanda Ilincic, and Marc Jacobs.

Hours before the sale began, bargain shoppers lined up outside of a London shop hoping to be the first to purchase one of the toddler’s outfits.

Only five minutes into the sale on June 18, one of the 25 outfits was purchased. The prices per outfit ranged from approximately 393 to 786 U.S. dollars.

One of Harper’s designer dresses was even placed on an online Ebay auction, which ran from June 18-28.

At the auction, Victoria Beckham said, “As a mother, I passionately believe that all children, wherever they live, have the right to a happy, healthy life.”

Fifteen other celebrities, including fellow Spice Girl, Melanie C and actor, Stanley Tucci, donated clothing to the 10 day sale.

Victoria Beckham and the other celebrities who participated are advocates for Save the Children and they all campaign for world leaders to protect and save children world wide.

Declaring that anyone can make a difference, Victoria Beckham says, “Everyone out there can do their part by purchasing or donating, ensuring children all around the world have the opportunity of a brighter future.”

Kelsey Parrotte

Sources: Express, Save the Children 1, Save the Children 2
Photo: Mirror

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Over 5,000 deaths have been reported in connection to the recent typhoon in the Philippines. An estimated 1,000 people remain missing in the aftermath.

Over 20 nations sent aid within hours of the reported disaster. Celebrities have responded with their own versions of aid.

Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian are the latest fashion lovers to lend their assistance. On November 20, Beckham posted a picture of an extensive pile of shoes on her twitter account. The caption read “Big clear out of my shoes, on sale tomorrow in aid of British Red Cross.”

The retired singer and her husband, David, decided to clean out their closets for the British Red Cross store located in London. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the organization’s current charity work in the Philippines.

The collection features notable pieces including outfits from Beckham’s time with the British singing group, the Spice Girls, and hats worn by David.

Higher end pieces from designers Dolce and Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and Roberto Cavalli were also available for purchase by the public.

Kim Kardashian has also used her love of fashion to help others. The thirty-three year old recently revealed that 10% of the profits from her current clothes auction on eBay will be donated to the International Medical Corps, which is currently serving those in need of basic supplies and medical care in the Philippines.

The star has recently drawn criticism from the public for not donating more. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton explained that in contrast to the multi-million dollar empire shared by her and her family, her donation is a fraction of her earning.

The blogger also defended the star, stating that Kardashian may be helping in other ways unknown to the public.

– Jasmine D. Smith

Sources: Huffington Post, Daily Mail, ABC News, Perez Hilton
Photo: Daily Record