It’s no secret that stars like Sofia Vergara, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato have become hugely successful thanks to their talent, but these Latinas also have something else in common: they’ve made it a priority in 2012 to give back, each earning a spot on DoSomething.org’s list of the year’s most philanthropic celebrities. While the list includes 20 Hollywood heavyweights such as Ryan Seacrest, Ben Affleck and songstress Taylor Swift (who topped the year’s list at #1!), here’s a look at how these lovely Latinas supported others in 2012.
Sofia Vergara came in at #19 — sandwiched right between Drew Brees and #18, Olivia Munn — and while this 40-year-old may be a bonafide A-lister with a role on the highly successful sitcom “Modern Family” with endorsement deals with the likes of Pepsi and Cover Girl, she’s one Colombiana who hasn’t forgotten her roots. She’s been involved with Dreams without Borders since 2006 and with the organization, has taken orphans from her native country to Disneyland. With one young smiling face at a time, she’s helping raise awareness about the power of giving back to one’s community.
Former Disney star Demi Lovato may be only 20 years old, but the “X Factor” judge has made it her mission to stand up against anti-bullying, depression and negative self-image. She’s been the face of several youth campaigns targeting each of those areas and wants to make kids feel good about themselves. And no issue is too small for the “Give Your Heart a Break” singer, who partnered up with DoSomething.org for their annual Teens for Jeans campaign, which distributes jeans to homeless teens across the country. Lovato — #16 on the list — also recently released a track to honor those lost in the Newton, Connecticut school shooting, and asked fans to donate to families through the We Are Newtown initiative.
Don’t let appearances deceive you: this Texan cutie may grace magazine covers and strut her stuff on the red carpet like none other, but this singer-actress-clothing designer (who made #9 on the list) is an inspiration to her peers with her awe-inspiring work with UNICEF. Her second-annual charity concert with the kid’s charity raised $200,000 for youth in Africa and as UNICEF’s youngest ever U.S. ambassador, has traveled internationally raising awareness and funds for those less fortunate.