|Michelle Obama Recruits Kelly Clarkson, Lea Michele and More Pop Stars to Belt It Out for Girls’ Education|
Hollywood’s brightest musical stars are lending their voices—literally—to one of the White House’s most prominent female initiatives.
First Lady Michelle Obama has recruited Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson, former Disney star Zendaya, Glee alumna Lea Michele and a handful of more chart-topping singers to record a melody in honor of her Let Girls Learn initiative, which champions for girls worldwide to have access to adequate education.
In partnership with the #62milliongirls social media campaign, the group of songstresses hit the studio to produce “This Is For My Girls,” written by eight-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren. The track launched on iHeartRadio Tuesday, debuted on iTunes Wednesday and is also scheduled to be performed live for the first time at South by Southwest, an annual music, film and interactive media festival. The proceeds from the song will go on to benefit the Let Girls Learn initiative.
“Think about who — and what — you would be today if your formal education had ended after middle school and you knew only what you’d learned through eighth grade,” Obama wrote in Wednesday’s issue of Lena Dunham’s newsletter, Lenny Letter. “It’s inconceivable, right? We wouldn’t dream of accepting this fate for ourselves — or for our friends, sisters, or daughters. So why would we accept it for any girl on this planet — especially when we’ve got piles of research telling us that girls who go to school marry later, have healthier families, and earn higher salaries?”
Clarkson, who is a mother to her own 1-year-old daughter River Rose Blackstock, rallied her fans in support against the growing social epidemic.
“Education is key to opening minds and doors to opportunities that are absolutely possible!” she tweeted.
Featured singer Janelle Monáe praised FLOTUS for her commitment to this particular cause. “LOVE my first lady @FLOTUS so much AND all that she is doing to #LetGirlsLearn. We need her,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Against the most heartbreaking odds, these girls never lose hope in themselves,” Obama wrote. “The least we can do is give them a chance to go to school, fulfill that hope, and become who and what they are meant to be.”
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If you notice some typos in Lea Michele’s Instagram captions over the next few months, it’s not because she’s delirious from an intense hot yoga class.
Rather, the wellness-obsessed actress is deliberately ditching the letter “B” for Burt’s Bees’ Bring Back the Bees campaign, which is seeking to halt honeybee population decline through social media. For every Twitter or Instagram post written without B’s (and hashtagged #BringBackTheBees), The Burt’s Bees Foundation will plant 1,000 wildflower seeds to help nourish and fortify our pollinating pals.
Burts Bees Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm“We want to let the world know that we’re facing this decrease in bee population… people don’t realize how much it could affect our environment and the foods we eat,” says Michele. According to environmentalists, we rely on bees to pollinate the plants that make up 1/3 of our food supply, yet factors like global warming and pesticides are causing bee colonies to disappear in large numbers.
Michele will also likely be snapping selfies in the special-edition lip balms that have been created for the cause. (A purchase of Pink Grapefruit, Wild Cherry, or Coconut & Pear flavors—all fruits that wouldn’t exist without honeybees—is another way to spark a 1,000-seed donation). Not that this will be a stretch for her; the brand’s makeup and cleansing wipes are already a staple in her gym bag. “I’ve started buying most of my beauty products at Whole Foods,” she tells us. “I feel confident that whatever I get from there is going to be all-natural—no sulfates, organic, that kind of thing.” _rilliant!
Actress Lea Michele has teamed with Burt’s Bees to launch #BringBackTheBees — a consumer-driven donation-with-purchase initiative that aims to seed one billion wildflowers to fight bee population decline worldwide.
“I was shocked to hear some of the staggering facts about how much the lives of bees are affected right now — and how the landscape of the food we eat could be greatly affected by the decrease in the bee population,” Michele said.
Launching nationwide today, the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation-led campaign will donate 1,000 wildflower seeds for every purchase of the brand’s lip balms in Pink Grapefruit, Wild Cherry and Coconut and Pear — three limited-edition scents that would not exist without bee pollination.
“Bees are connected to so many aspects of our day-to-day lives — one being my own passion for cooking and eating healthy,” Michele said. “The bees help pollinate one-third of the food we eat — everything from blackberries to avocados — so it’s important that we do something to help them thrive.”
As for her own wellness and skin-care regimen, Michele told WWD that she likes to keep things clean, wholesome and simple.
“I pride myself in that I do live a very healthy lifestyle,” Michele said. “I try to eat as well as I can — I work out all the time, I hike, I enjoy all the amazing things California has to offer: food, produce, scenery, the beach. It helps me feel better and do my job better.”
Despite a lifetime of wearing layers of theatrical makeup on both stage and screen, Michele said her secret to great skin is all about what happens during her downtime.
“First and foremost, I don’t wear makeup when I don’t have to,” Michele said. “When I’m out and about with friends and family, I’m not pounding makeup on my face — I’ll put on mascara and lip balm and go about my day. I like to give my skin a chance to breathe when it needs to. I drink a ton of water and I always try to get a good night’s sleep. That’s the first place I see my skin get affected — when I’m traveling on planes full of dry air. I treat my skin very delicately; I don’t go to bed without washing my face; I’m consistent with my products.”
Lea Michele doesn’t just use her voice to sing. The former Glee and Scream Queens star is teaming with beauty brand Burt’s Bees to raise awareness for a cause that’s sure to have everyone buzzing.
The exact details remain under wraps for now, but talking exclusively to PeopleStyle, Michele shared her excitement about the partnership. “I’m really happy to be working with this amazing brand, and to be bringing awareness to an issue that a lot of people may not be educated on,” says the actress. “I really believe that we have very similar beliefs, so this partnership feels so organic.”
Michele, who is a longtime fan of the brand, counts their cuticle cream among her product “obsessions,” sharing, “I keep it by my bed at night and I put it on my nails every single night like a crazy person!”
The campaign officially kicks off on March 8th, and since we’re huge Burt’s Bees fans as well (the eco-friendly company won a People Beauty Award for their coconut-scented oil cleanser), we’ll be revealing the whole initiative in an upcoming issue.
So much HOW?
Last night, I took a SoulCycle class with Lea Michele. She sat right in the middle of the 150-bike class, part of an event to celebrate SoulCycle’s newly launched 10-city tour with Target, and she literally glowed. She wore a green top that turned neon under black light, like a beacon of perfection directly in my line of sight, so I stared at her the entire class…because, what else do you do when a celebrity is working out in front of you? As I pedaled, huffed, and struggled to keep up with the tap backs, there she was…SMILING. The entire time!
Her enthusiasm even caught the attention of an instructor, who at one point yelled, “You, in the green top! You’ve been smiling this whole time! You having fun?!” She nodded, lifting dumbells like it was the most fun thing she’s ever done on a Thursday night. She fist pumped. She sang along to all the songs. And when everyone else left the class drenched, she walked out pristine. Her makeup didn’t budge. Not a hair was out of place from her intricate fishbraid ponytail. If I didn’t see her dab her face a couple of times with a towel, I would’ve believed she didn’t have sweat glands. INSPIRING!
The Glee alum and Scream Queens star has turned herself into a fitness guru as of late, sparking a #YouFirst wellness movement on social media with frequent ‘grams of her hiking, running, and doing pilates. She even wrote a guide book about her healthy practices, You First: Journal Your Way to Your Best Life: Journal Your Way to Your Best Life, which came out last September.
“I come from New York, you know, born and raised, so New York is a very active town. I always walked everywhere. I was always very active, but didn’t consider myself a fitness person until I started doing Bikram Yoga in the city,” she told me before the ride. “Then, I realized ‘Wow, this is definitely something that’s really in me.’ And, moving to LA really just kicked that to the next level.”
As for her favorite workout buddy (who has the unique challenge of keeping up with her ENTHUSIASM), she says “It’s a tie between my gay boyfriend, Jonathan Groff, and my real boyfriend, Matt.” Matt [Paetz], she claims, is the one who will push her harder between the two, “Jon just makes me laugh so hard, I’ll end up peeing in my pants in like a yoga class,” she said. A funny thought, Lea, but we’ll never believe you’re anything less than perfect in a workout class.