Katy Perry has been named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and she is encouraging people to volunteer to help the organization with its efforts around the globe.
The pop star became aware of UNICEF’s work with children after a birth in her own family in November of 2012.
“For any young kid who thinks that it would be a good idea, or you’re thinking about it, I would say do it,” Katy Perry said during a speech at Tuesday night’s event. “You’re going to have the best Instagram pictures ever!”
Katy Perry was so impressed with UNICEF’s activities on behalf of children that she began traveling with them in different areas of the world to observe the work first hand.
Talking to the audience present at the annual Snowflake Gala, the singer related her experience and how it has changed her life:
“I’ve been looking forward to this day all year. I know there are some young kids in the audience, you’ve got your phones out, you’re going to put it on Facebook later. Let me tell you, I went to Madagascar on a mission with UNICEF, and boy, did it change my life. It definitely burst the bubble that I was living in. It reprioritized my way of thinking.”
Katy Perry excitedly shared the news of her new title with her more than 48 million Twitter followers:
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) December 3, 2013
Perry has become the most followed celebrity on the social media site, which makes her a very influential ambassador for UNICEF’s mission.
For the gala, Katy Perry performed the single “Unconditionally” from her new album Roar, which she has described as being about general love, not necessarily romantic love.
The 29-year-old said her trip to Madagascar and her interactions with the local children inspired the lyrics for the song.
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As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry will use her celebrity status to bring attention to important issues with public appearances, speeches, and visits to troubled regions of the world.