Every magazine, book, movie, fashion and health trend directed at women these days is starting to feel like a blur of yoga pants, dresses too short for wind or too long for flats, juicers in kitchens and palates of make-up for every day of the week. Lately however, those blurry images of the Photoshopped have been sprinkled with better messages of health, being yourself, creating your own style and being successful in your career. It’s a little unclear about when those messages started, but maybe it was around the time that Tina Fey came on the scene. The writer, producer, author, actress, working mother and wife has now added spokeswoman to her resume as one of the faces of Garnier Fructis. The bouncy, fruity and environmentally clean shampoos, hair dyes and cleansers give us a reason to feel our best, and this week’s Beauty is is living up to that standard by giving her best to others.
Fey is well known for having a successful career and the majority of the charities she supports are aimed at making sure that the next generation has the same success, opportunities and good fortune that she had. One of them is an organization called Jumpstart, an initiative started in 1993 at Yale to help preschoolers in low-income areas prepare for Kindergarten. The organization relies on college students who work with the small children to make sure they are prepared mentally and emotionally to enter the school system. Fey also supports the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, a large non-profit started to help orphaned children around the world live healthy, educated and enriched lives, as well as treating children afflicted with HIV and AIDS in countries plagued by the virus. The actress/writer/author also gives back to Children’s Health Fund, an organization started by pediatrician Irwin Redlener and singer-songwriter Paul Simon, is dedicated to serving pediatric programs which provide healthcare for the most underprivileged children in the nation, giving them the necessary treatments and immunizations as well as working to break down the barriers faced by these children to get them proper medical care.
Though she is a hugely successful woman herself, Fey is not unaware of the obstacles women are still facing in the workplace and the world. It is unsurprising, then, to know that the actress supports Dress For Success, a large non-profit which provides women in over 75 cities clothes for interviews, but also confidence boosting support from volunteers and helpful information about entering the workforce and thriving in it. Since the majority of the women being helped by Dress For Success also have children to support, Fey, a famously busy working mother, also makes time to help support their children.
Love Our Children, the nation’s leading non-profit benefiting children, works to strengthen families by raising awareness of violence within families and providing services like counseling and interventions to help it stop. Fey also supports charities dedicated to serving those plagued with illness, such as Stand Up To Cancer, a large non-profit dedicated to funding research to find the cure for cancer as well as bringing scientists together from all over the world to collaborate and finally cure the disease. The writer/producer also gives back to Autism Speaks, an organization which aims to find the causes of and cure for autism as well as raising awareness about the effects of autism on the individuals affected and their families.
In a world filled with influences from every angle and magazine page, it’s good to know that there is one like Tina Fey who proves that success on a massive scale, family life and just as important, charity, are not only all possible, but something tangible and accessible for all. Come back next week to find out who else is showing off her beauty, inside and out!