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December, 2009

Maya Talwar-Hebert
Beautifully different

Maya is different and she’s proud of it! Her positive outlook on life, love of writing, and adventurous spirit led her to be featured in New Moon magazine’s “25 Beautiful Girls” issue. One of the things that makes her different is that she lives in two different houses, to allow time with two moms and a stepmom. She also donated her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths — a campaign to donate hair to create wigs for women with cancer. Read about Maya to learn about the beauty in being different.

September, 2009

Melissa Archer

Have you ever felt pressure from the media and society to look a certain way? Do you have this ideal body image in your head that you feel you have to live up to? The fact is that a lot of girls have felt like this at one time or another. To help counteract the expectations of “ideal body image,” Melissa Archer, who stars as Natalie Buchanan Banks on “One Life to Live,” began working with the National Eating Disorders Association to help women and girls feel better about themselves. Read her interview to learn about the body image issues that come with working in the entertainment industry and how she’s spreading awareness about eating disorders.

July, 2009

Sarasi Jayaratne

Inspired by a tragedy, Sarasi saw an opportunity to help kids less fortunate than herself by providing them with books. She started the Keep Reading Foundation and now sends thousands of books each year to Sri Lanka, a country destroyed by a tsunami (SOO-nah-mee). Check out her interview to see how she started and where she’s headed.

May, 2009

Tara Suri

Inspired by the poverty and sexism she saw in India, at age thirteen, Tara Suri started H.O.P.E., or Helping Orphans Pursue Education. She started out small — holding bake sales, making bracelets, and even recycling used soda cans — but her idea was big.

Now seventeen years old, she’s turned that organization into something bigger: Turn Your World Around. Together with others, she’s raised over $50,000 to make the world a better place and engage hundreds in activism.

March, 2009

Mia Toledo
What makes you beautiful?

Mia Toledo’s love of dancing and acting keep her busy. Her “fearless” attitude helps give her the confidence she needs. When she was recognized by New Moon magazine as one of their 25 Most Beautiful Girls, she caught our eye too! Find out what advice she gives girls just like you.

January, 2009

Hives for Lives
Helping Bee-T Cancer

Wanting to do something after their grandfather died of cancer, Molly and Carly thought their knowledge of beekeeping would help them raise money for a great cause. They put their heads together and came up with Hives for Lives and have raised over $150,000 towards a cure for cancer! Get inspired to turn your interests into passions with their story.

Content last reviewed January 01, 2009
Page last updated December 01, 2009