Magazine article Variety

Gomez Inspired by the Lives of the People She Helps

Magazine article Variety

Gomez Inspired by the Lives of the People She Helps

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YOUNG HUMANITARIAN AWARD

II I 1 veryone handles things differIently, and I just think I'm super J-J fortunate to be where I am," Selena Gomez says.

Although the hit Disney show "The Wizards of Waverly Place" and an uber-successful foray into music have made Gomez a celebrity, the starlet's true passion lies with her work for Unicef. She got involved with the humanitarian group when she was 17 and continues to serve the group as an ambassador.

"Ultimately the goal is just to use what I have," Gomez says. "I have a platform and I'm very, very blessed to do what I love to do every day. The first step is using your voice. I want to be able to influence people my age, younger, older. I want to educate people."

Gomez hopes that her involvement with Unicef, which garnered her the Young Humanitarian Award at Unite4:Humanity, will ultimately spread awareness of different causes. …

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