Many positive changes are returning to a revitalized Anne of Carversville, a website for Smart Sensuality women. We are smart, sexy (or sensual) and care deeply about all women and children in the world.
When top model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley cut a few inches off her hair in December, the fashion blogosphere went gaga. I was on an extended sabbatical in April 2014 when Rosie travelled to Cambodia as an Ambassador for UNICEF. The Devon-born superstar actor and designer of Marks & Spencer Autograph lingerie & new fragrance — and former Victoria’s Secret Angel —travelled to Phnom Penh to film an appeal that aired on Sunday, June 8 as part of Soccer Aid.
Speaking of the woman shown here, while Rosie attended her first live birth, she wrote:
In one slum I met a mum whose story really touched my heart. Sareth, aged 42, told me how during the rainy season last year, the river that they live next to flooded their home with unclean water and sewage. She was powerless to stop her baby daughter, just six months old, from getting diarrhoea and tragically dying
After expressing her dismay over preventable child mortality in Cambodia, Rosie shared a daily reality for women in Cambodia, a story many of us know well.
I was moved by Sareth’s determination to give her three remaining children the best life possible. Every day she collects and sells rubbish from the streets, earning not much more than £1 a day to pay for food, rent and healthcare for her family. Her adorable six-year-old son, Chamroeun, misses out on school to help her.
Models are influencers totally capable of raising consciousness about the totality of women’s lives. It’s great to see a beautiful, talented woman like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley rise to the occasion for UNICEF. AOC’s voice highlighting these issues will once again return to full volume in a desire to meet the totality of needs among our readers. Philanthropy and activism — especially helping women and girls everywhere — rank high on the priority lists of so many of you, just as they are so important to me.
These images show the magic that a person like Rosie brings to Cambodia. But it’s also critical to stress one of the critical paradoxes of modern living. As my spiritual guru Mooji reminds us — and global research confirms — the people living in poverty around the world are often happier than we are. They find joy and beauty in their environments, where we see only heart ache and suffering.
In my decades of extensive global travel to many underdeveloped countries, I was constantly overwhelmed by the life lessons people like Sareth taught me. This synergy among us women is mutual as we realize just how connected we are in life and how grace and gratefulness can transform us out of our selfish obsessions, if only we open ourselves to new experiences. ~ Anne
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