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Natural Beauties: Hollywood Celebrities Use Fame to Save the Planet

Malin Akerman is an eco-conscious star on the rise in Hollywood. Malin Akerman is an eco-conscious star on the rise in Hollywood.


What makes a woman truly hot? Poets, songwriters and novelists have all attempted to analyze, dissect and glorify the intoxicating allure of the female form. It might have been dear old mother who once uttered, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts,” but Rosebud knows better.

Many starlets have it all: looks, talent, charisma and millions of fans. But what truly makes the following five celebrities drop-dead gorgeous is the fact that they’re environmentally conscious. They’re conservers, not consumers.

It’s because they care that we care. Simply by harnessing their power of celebrity—as well as their massive Twitter followings—these famous knockouts are making a real difference by raising awareness for organizations that preserve energy, rainforests and wildlife.

Introducing Rosebud Magazine’s Top Five Green Hotties

Cameron Diaz

If anyone can get the general public impassioned over the deteriorating environment, it’s Cameron Diaz and her megawatt smile. This effervescent California girl once starred in Trippin’, an environmentally friendly MTV series, and she’s filmed PSAs for the Environmental Media Association about energy conservation.

The Charlie’s Angels star has even taken it to the red carpet (once arriving to the Oscars in a BMW Hydrogen) and she was among the first celebs to drive a Prius. Diaz also co-authored The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time, and she purchases carbon offsets for all her travel. She even worked with Al Gore to form Save Our Selves, the organization that threw the Live Earth concert.

Diaz, who will next be seen in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, grew up in Long Beach where, she told MSN, “I could see the flame from the refinery burning from my bedroom window.” And after attending the TED Conference, the leggy 40-year-old was inspired to take her buff surfer body on the road and made a short documentary called Cameron Diaz Saves the World.

“The planet needs a publicist,” the People’s Choice Award winner told Marie Claire. “It’s the planet, you know what I mean? She should be the one‚ she should be a star. How do we make this little planet of ours a big star? I want everybody to know who she is.”


Hayden Panettiere

If you’re looking to attract this petite bombshell, it helps to have a blowhole. That’s because whale activist Hayden Panettiere has the distinction of being the only hottie on this list who’s gotten in trouble with the law while defending her environmental cause. The 23-year-old starlet earned her green cred (an arrest warrant) interfering with Japanese fisherman as they slaughtered a pod of pilot whales (which are part of the dolphin family). Panettiere, most famous for her breakout role as an invincible cheerleader on Heroes, and five other peaceful protesters confronted the fishermen while sitting on surfboards in bloody seawater back in 2007.

“What I did in Japan felt so good because I am a hands-on person and I felt like I was doing something instead of just talking about it,” she told MSN. “We caused such a stir. Even the citizens of Japan didn’t realize what was happening with dolphin hunting. They were shocked.”

Panettiere was awarded a Compassion in Action Award from PETA and the The Wyler Award from the Humane Society for her actions. The pretty blonde, who’s currently shooting the second season of ABC’s Nashville, has met with the White House Council on Environmental Quality on behalf of The Whaleman Foundation, and she’s literally sold the clothes off her back on eBay to support the Save the Whales Again campaign.


Gisele Bündchen

This gorgeous supermodel not only has a super soft spot when it comes to ecological conservation, she’s also the only hottie on this list to have an actual forest named after her: the Gisele Bündchen Forest in her native Brazil. Her, um, body of work is impressive, to say the least. Bündchen serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme, and she founded the Clean Water Project, which aims to restore vegetation and the microbasins in her hometown of Horizontina.

“Small actions of every one of us can make a difference,” the 5-foot-11 stunner said on her own Green Planet blog. “In my day-to-day life, I try to save water when I take a bath, brush my teeth, wash the dishes.” The Victoria’s Secret Angel takes care to conserve energy while lounging in her 22,000-square-foot green home, even collecting rainwater that she recycles in her garden.

“I try to use alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power. But drawing attention to the preservation of this valuable resource and to nature as a whole is what I have been doing very intensively,” Bündchen said. “There is a section on my website with tips on how anyone can make a difference with little things at home, at work, etc.”

The 32-year-old lingerie model has also launched two companies that sell eco-friendly flip-flops (Ipanema) and skincare products (Sejaa), which raise funds for the diminishing rainforests. “At the end of the day, it’s our planet,” Bündchen has said. “We all have to feel accountable.”


Malin Akerman

Malin Akerman is a classic Swedish beauty, all blonde hair and blue eyes, with an affinity for nude scenes. But what makes her even sexier is her eco-consciousness. Much like her breakout role as Silk Spectre II in Watchmen, Akerman strives to use her own superpowers of celebrity for the good of the planet.

She’s been an environmentalist since her childhood in Canada, where the gorgeous 34-year-old actress regularly recycled, composted and took public transportation. After Akerman watched Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, she began volunteering with the Environmental Media Awards and Natural Resources Defense Council.

“I went and bought a hybrid car. We changed all our light bulbs—it’s super easy!” Akerman told the eco-conscious women’s lifestyle website EcoStiletto. “It’s the little things that really make a difference. Leaving your phone chargers plugged into the wall‚ it’s such a waste of energy! Just unplug those when you’re not using them. Whenever you don’t have to take the car, don’t. Bring that awareness to your life.”

The Los Angeles-based starlet, who will soon play Debbie Harry of Blondie in the film CBGB, also makes it a point to purchase eco-clothing made from silky bamboo at Visionary Boutique, and buys raw beauty products from Envision Beauty. Akerman will next be seen as Tessa’s free-spirited mother in the Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes of ABC’s Suburgatory.


Selena Gomez

She might be only 20 years old, but Selena Gomez has 12.6 million followers on Twitter, and in today’s world of social media activism that translates into an extremely loyal and captive audience. Gomez, who recently donned a bikini to play a party girl in Harmony Korine’s upcoming Spring Breakers, has always appreciated the greener sides of life.

“I loved biology and botany,” she told Mother Nature Network. “I love plants and gardening. That’s from my grandmother. I loved watching her. I would love to have my own garden someday for sure.”

This triple-threat, whose breakout role was on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, collaborated with other young stars on an environmental tune that promoted the Friends for Change: Project Green initiative. The proceeds of their song, “Send It On,” funded eco-charities focused on climate, water, waste and habitat. This brunette cutie was made UNICEF’s youngest ambassador at the tender age of 17, and through her annual sold-out charity concerts, she funded their Tap Project to get clean water to poor countries.

“I’m very blessed to have a lot of fans,” Gomez told CNN, “and basically my goal is to use my voice to educate them on all these things.”

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