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Emmanuelle Chriqui and Congo: Activism through Fashion

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Emmanuelle Chriqui and Congo: Activism through Fashion

Posted by Carine Umuhumuza on October 18, 2011

Fashion may not be the first thing that comes to mind when talking about the conflict in eastern Congo, but actress and activist Emmanuelle Chriqui—best known for her role on HBO’s series “Entourage”—uses her love for fashion as a way to highlight and support efforts to end the ongoing crisis.

“The thing about activism is that it has the ripple effect—you put a drop in the pool and it keeps going,” said Chriqui. “Activism comes in so many forms and the best way to be an activist is asking what are you passionate about and how are you going to get the word out.”

As a result of her own passion, Chriqui recently teamed up with JewelMint, an online jewelry club created by actress Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist Cher Coulter, to curate the “Mumbai Bracelet” as part of the jewelry line’s “Celebrities Give Back” initiative. Chriqui pledged to donate 50 percent of the bracelet’s proceeds to her charity of choice, Raise Hope for Congo, which she promoted last July during a guest appearance on Fox and Friends.


Emmanuelle Chriqui – JewelMint Celebrity Guest Curator

The sale of the Mumbai Bracelet proved tremendously successful. It has yielded a significant contribution to the RHFC campaign that will support a ground-breaking video series from eastern Congo to be launched later this fall as part of the RHFC Upstanders Project.

Beyond her recent fashion activism, Chriqui has been a long-time Congo advocate and an invaluable partner of Enough’s RHFC campaign. She continues to be a much-needed voice bringing attention to the ongoing conflict in Congo.  

To read more about Chriqui’s involvement with the Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo campaign, check out her Celebrity Upstanders page.