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Incredible: Cody Simpson Appointed First Ocean Advocate for the United Nations -- Video Inside

Incredible: Cody Simpson Appointed First Ocean Advocate for the United Nations -- Video Inside

Cody Simpson is having an incredible day. Today marks the first time anyone has ever been appointed an Ocean Advocate for the United Nations Development Programme.

“What an unreal day. It’s an honor to be appointed the first @UNDP Ocean Advocate,” Cody posted on Instagram this afternoon. “I’m looking forward to getting involved in all of their noble efforts to clean up our planet.”

The ocean has always been something the 20-year-old Australian native has been drawn too. Being both a former competitive swimmer and a surfer, Cody‘s love of the water has turned into a life-changing passion project.

“I have been a lover of the sea ever since I can remember. I think I learned how to swim before I could walk,” Cody says in a video posted this afternoon by the United Nations. “I guess over the course of time, I started to open up to a lot of the issues surrounding the oceans.”

He continued, “From my personal experience, being out in the water and seeing plastics floating around and thinking they are jellyfish and realizing they’re plastic bags. I’m always that guy that will take it into the shore. That passion grew over time as I grew older and became more aware of what was going on around me.”

Thursday, June 8, is World Oceans Day. See what you can do to help here.

Watch the video to see why Cody has become so passionate about the sea.


Cody Simpson Discussions His Appointment as a U.N. Ocean Advocate

Click inside the photo gallery to see pics of Cody’s conference today!

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Harry Styles Lowkey Continues to Advocate For Women & Fans Are Not Chill About It!

Harry Styles Lowkey Continues to Advocate For Women & Fans Are Not Chill About It!

Harry Styles set the internet on fire with one beautiful T-shirt.

The 23-year-old “Sign of the Times” singer hit the airport yesterday in the most casual, sexy outfit he’s ever worn: black jeans, black glasses and a simple white tee that stated: “Women are smarter”

At first, the internet was a little confused, because the slogan started trending without people realizing Harry was the source of the trend. “I thought some woman empowerment slogan is trending. But it turns out to be Harry Styles,” Twitter user AnushkaBose6 revealed.

And then the internet broke!

Twitter user AriemarieC pretty much summed up everyone’s feelings in this tweet:

This isn’t the first time Harry has advocated for females. In April, he took on critics who demean the power of teenage fan girls.

“How can you say young girls don’t get it?” Harry told Rolling Stone. “They’re our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans — they don’t lie. If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.’ They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick.”

The makers of the T-shirt explain the tee was “inspired by the Women’s March on Washington January 21st. The words on our t-shirt have nothing to do with women being smarter than men. They have everything to do with lending a voice and advocating, in our own sick way, for policies relating to equal pay and healthcare.”

The tee is a whopping $100 (here), and part of the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.

Unfortunately, there are no good, professional pics of Harry in the tee. Luckily, one happy fan did get a picture!

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Rowan Blanchard Fronts the 100% Human Campaign to Support LGBTQ Rights

Rowan Blanchard Fronts the 100% Human Campaign to Support LGBTQ Rights

Activist and actress Rowan Blanchard is showing her support for Pride Month by fronting Everlane‘s 100% Human campaign.

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and the Human Rights Campaign are partnering in hopes of raising over $100,000 for LGBTQ rights through the sale of t-shirts, sweatshirts, tanks and totes.

“I am most proud of my generation for protecting each other and building safe spaces,” 15-year-old Rowan explains her participation the project. “Human Pride to me means living true in my full identity.”

Rowan, who is an outspoken feminist and supporter of human rights, models the tees for the campaign, and they are rainbow beautiful.

If you’d like to support the project, you can grab something from the collection (which ranges from $18 to $50) here.

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Rowan Blanchard & Yara Shahidi Meet Their Activist Hero

Rowan Blanchard & Yara Shahidi Meet Their Activist Hero

Actresses and young activists Rowan Blanchard and Yara Shahidi had a life-changing, magical evening yesterday.

Both of the young women attended the Underground Museum in Los Angeles last night, and both of them posted Instagrams with political activist and author Dr. Angela Davis in which they were positively glowing.

“I am absolutely in shock and beyond grateful to have met Dr. Angela Davis today,” Rowan wrote of her hero. “To merely be in her presence is one of the most gratifying and humbling experiences as an activist, a feminist, and as a person who believes in radical change.” She then fangirled for a bit, admitted she had “never” fangirled before, and ended the post with: “Omg I’m gonna cry again now.”

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Debby Ryan Made Hats to Support Domestic Abuse Victims -- Last Chance to Buy!

Debby Ryan Made Hats to Support Domestic Abuse Victims -- Last Chance to Buy!

Disney star Debby Ryan is more than just a talented actress — she’s an activist as well!

Debby created a line of dad hats that aren’t just totally adorable; they’re also for a really, really good cause.

Buying one of the colorful hats, which are emblazoned with the word “lady” and will definitely bring your wardrobe up a notch, will go directly to “Love is Respect,” an emergency hotline against domestic abuse.

“I think being a lady goes beyond culture or class or generation,” Debby told Galore Magazine. “Being a lady, especially one in a ‘dad hat,’ has an implication of modern nobility…Love is Respect prioritizes treating every woman, person, and relationship individually.”

We totally agree. The hats are only on sale until midnight tonight, so make sure to buy yours ASAP
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EXCLUSIVE: 'Girl Meet's World's August Maturo Raises His Voice for Orcas in New PETA Kids Video -- Watch

EXCLUSIVE: 'Girl Meet's World's August Maturo Raises His Voice for Orcas in New PETA Kids Video -- Watch

August Maturo is the latest celebrity to use his platform to shed light on a cause he believes in.

While Auggie‘s Girl Meets World co-star Rowan Blanchard has become more and more outspoken for women’s rights, the 9-year-old star wants his voice to be heard for a cause that’s very important to him: animal rights.

JustJaredJr. readers are the first people to get to see Auggie‘s public service announcement (aka PSA) for PETA Kids.

And we asked him all about it:

JJJ: How did you get involved with this PETA Kids campaign?

August: Well, the great people from PETA asked what would be my wish for animals for 2017, and I told them I wish that SeaWorld would release their orcas. I asked if there was anything I could do to help, and they came up with this idea for a video.

JJJ: That sounds like an important cause for you?

August: Yeah. It is important to me to use my voice for animals, because I love them and they can’t speak for themselves. They are sweet and innocent and don’t deserve to be tortured.

JJJ: Have you always been an animal lover?

August: Yes, ever since I was a baby, I always refused to eat meat, even though my whole family would eat it. It always felt wrong to me. I’ve finally convinced my mom to become a vegetarian, too. She hasn’t eaten meat for a year!

JJJ: What do you hope fans take away from this video?

August: I want people to know that animals do not deserve to be tortured just so people can be entertained. You would never keep a child locked in a small room, and whales belong in the ocean, not in a tiny tank. I hope people stop paying to watch animals being abused, and I hope they tell Sea World to #emptythetanks.

Watch August‘s chilling public service announcement for PETA Kids below:

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Rowan Blanchard Tries To Balance Her Love of Fashion & Activism As Best She Can

Rowan Blanchard Tries To Balance Her Love of Fashion & Activism As Best She Can

Rowan Blanchard gets behind what she believes in 100% — including fashion.

However, sometimes, it can be hard when people are criticizing you for getting behind fashion at all when you’re also invested in things like LGBTQ rights, feminism, and more.

“I do a lot of the time feel alienated by editorial things and fashion things, and I certainly try when I’m a part of these things to let people know that there was a lot that went into this image,” Rowan explains.

“There was a photographer and a whole lighting crew and a makeup artist and a hairstylist and we’re trying things that are considered ‘fashion’ that are not what I do every single day.”

She adds, “So I guess I try to show that there’s a clear line. I try to shoot things that I would kind of get behind. But it’s a hard one, it’s definitely something that I’m still trying to balance and answer.”

Rowan even sometimes finds it hard to shop for herself with her beliefs.

“I try my hardest, but it’s hard,” she shares. “You have to be careful and some things I really like I know aren’t ethical but I’m supporting a woman designer, so it’s conflicting there are a lot of lines that have to uncross themselves first.”

Lauren Jauregui, Candice Patton & More Reach Out on Social Media To Help Find Missing DC Girls

Lauren Jauregui, Candice Patton & More Reach Out on Social Media To Help Find Missing DC Girls

If you haven’t been on social media for the past few days, or even if you have, you might not know that a handful of young girls of color are now missing.

There have been no Amber Alerts to tell anyone, and no major outlet had picked up the story before a few days ago and now celebs like Candice Patton, Lauren Jauregui, Rowan Blanchard and more are hoping to find them all.

“Stay vigilant, watch out for each other, say lots of prayers for these women and their families,” Lauren writes on her Instagram. “No humans should be missing and we really need to fix how normalized the conversation about missing children has become.”

She adds, “We have to stop being ok with the answer being that it is potentially due to human trafficking (which happens to be a billion dollar industry in the United States) we need to start asking the right questions and getting the proper answers. We need to stop telling girls to be careful and stay home so they are not abducted and if they are that they are not important enough to be reported about.”

See below for all the girls’ names who are missing from the DC area:

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