Gwen Stefani's Charity Work
Gwen Stefani rocks our world of pop music and fashion and brings relief to those whose world has been rocked by disaster. Calamities not only cause destruction of life, infrastructure and property but also turn their life of individuals upside down causing much grief and despair. This was the experience of the Japanese citizens who were hit by the tsunami caused by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake on March in Japan last year.
Stefani’s donation, two weeks after the dreadful tsunami hit Japan, of $1 million was not simply another act of a star uplifting their public image by making charity donations. Gwen has strong ties in her heart to Japan that began taking root in 1996 after she went with the Band No doubt in 1996. The influence that Japanese tour had on Gwen is evident in her song “Harajuku Girls” and clothing line Harajuku Lovers.
Harakuju is a district in Tokyo that holds a significant penchant in Gwen’s heart. If Gwen was transformed into a town in Japan, she would be Harajuku. They both love music art and fashion and are not afraid to express it in their own style as they show the hand to the critiques and welcome those who embrace them. Even her latest punk 1960 chic spruced with 90’s style outfits in the L.A.M.B 2012 fall collection certainly have a Japanese street style to them showing that Gwen is not letting go of the Japanese culture any time soon.
Gwen on her million-dollar donation to save the children in Japan, who were hit by the Tsunami said that she has, for a long time been inspired by Japan, and has developed a great respect, love and appreciation for these people and their culture. The beyond heartbreaking experience led her to try to do all that she could, and her donation was a gesture of how much love and support her fans in this part of the world had given her.
Gwen’s breaking heart was not healed by the charity donation, and she had to do more to help the victims, the subsequent auction and charity tea party stand testimony. The eBay auction enabled the “love and support” of Gwen’s fans to join in her charity efforts as they bid on Harajuku items signed by Gwen, Vintage L.A.M.B clothing and pieces from her own closet.
The bid paved the way for the private Harajuku themed tea party hosted by Gwen herself on June 7. The few tickets up for bid made it an intimate event, with the few enjoying Gwen’s tastes and style. Guests indulged in a super kawaii seated tasting-menu experience and exquisite teas. They had a one-on-one group photo shoot with Gwen. Lucky winners of the featured raffle went home smiling with items from Gwen’s closet. No one can shut down the winners that their pieces are imitations as Gwen took the liberty to sign them herself. The certificate of authenticity accompanied all the vintage L.A.M.B. outfits that were a mixed selection of sweaters, jeans, cardigans, wedges and heels.
The cosplay maid cafe, the Royal-T in Los Angeles is the first ever LA Japanese style cafe and the perfect venue for Stefani’s tea party. It was only suiting that NO Doubt band mates, Tony Kanal, Stephen Bradley, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young, whom she first experienced Japan with joined her. She arrived in style and gave plenty for the paparazzi to snap away. The pop star clothed beautifully in Japanese themed clothing; a floral pink Japanese playsuit complemented with her hair in ornate buns with flowers woven in.
The tea party and auction proceeds all went to the Japan Relief and the President of Save the Children was grateful for the generous donation that Gwen Stefani forwarded to them. The money will be used to meet the ongoing and immediate needs that children as well as their families have since their lives were rudely interrupted, and are now in desperate need of help.
The Japan relief efforts add to the portfolio of Gwen’s charity work. She has supported various foundations and charities totaling to eleven. 21st century Leaders, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Feeding America, Keep-a-Breast and UNICEF to name just but a few. The causes she has supported range from Unemployment/Career support, Poverty, Human rights, Cancer to AIDS and now Disaster relief.
No doubt, that Stefani became an honorary member of the EB Medical Research Foundation out of recognition for her valiant effort. A nonprofit foundation one joins voluntarily and dedicates their finances, material support or time to the support of medical research of the causes and cure of the genetic condition, EB.