What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people’s lives.
American TV presenter, actress, author and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has been hugely successful with her talk show the Oprah Winfrey Show as well as starring in Making a Scene, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Beloved as well as the recently Oscar-nominated Selma. In addition, she also starred in The Color Purple which she was nominated for her role as Sofia for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. With no end to her talents Winfrey has also been on producing duties for several pieces including the aforementioned Selma and Beloved and has been the executive producer on many projects including Nine, David and Lisa and Michael Jackson Talks to… Oprah Live. But Oprah is also one of the greatest modern-day philanthropists and has helped numerous causes close to her heart over the years.
Three charities which she has supported endlessly are the Angel Network, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation and The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation. The Angel Network has helped many projects including The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa while she runs the Oprah Winfrey Foundation and also founded The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation in 2007 to raise money to benefit the Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. In addition Winfrey gave a donation of $1000 to 300 people in the audience of the Oprah Winfrey Show to give towards the work of a charity of their choice.
Winfrey also believes strongly in the work of the Clinton Foundation which helps many important issues such as HIV and AIDS and has been a great supporter of the work the foundation does while she has also helped raise funds for important causes at charity auctions. She signed a wooden dog bone to help raise funds for the Mississippi Animal Rescue League and was part of the team creating a signed pair of shoes for the Stuart Weitzman auction in aid of ovarian cancer awareness and research.
Other charities she has supported over the years include Project Cuddle, Free The Children, Red Cross, the Born This Way Foundation and GLAAD and she has been a great supporter of gay rights throughout her career by promoting gay celebrities such as Ricky Martin, Andre Walker and Reggie Wells on her talk show while in 1988, members of her audience stood up one by one, gave their name and announced that they were gay for National Coming Out Day while in the 1980s Winfrey filmed her show in West Virginia because the town was suffering from AIDS paranoia because a gay man living in the town had HIV. Winfrey interviewed the man and the town’s mayor and debated with the residents in a very inspirational show of strength against their negative attitudes.
In addition to all the amazing work she does, Winfrey has always been a style icon shining in many wonderful outfits over the course of her career. Let’s have a look at just a few of those dazzling numbers: