Yesterday, Freida Pinto delivered a speech on rights and issues concerning girls and women, at the world’s first-ever summit for girls in Londo.
The summit, jointly organised by the government of United Kingdom and Unicef, is aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within this generation.
Freida delivered the closing speech along with the Deputy Prime Minister of UK.
FinancialExpress.com — “Girls and women have the right to live free from violence and discrimination and achieve their potential, but some are being prevented from doing so by harmful practices such as FGM and CEFM, which are illegal in the UK. Girls affected by child marriage and FGM are among the most vulnerable in the world,” Freida said in a statement here. Freida said that she looks forward to discussing how ending child marriage and FGM can preserve a girl’s childhood, promote her education, and reduce her exposure to violence and abuse, thus allowing her to make choices about her own future and fulfill her potential in life.
“More than 125 million girls and women alive today have suffered some form of FGM in the 29 countries where the practice is concentrated. UNICEF estimates that globally, around one in three young women aged 20 to 24 were married before the age of 18. Around 23 million girls entered into marriage before they reached 15,” the 26-year-old actress said. Freida said that she was concerned about the incidents of FGM and CEFM in India as well.
“It maybe a small community of people that practise it but no matter how small the number is its a violation of human rights and those girls are significant and important to us. We are aware that child marriage is a common practise in some communities but we also need to be aware of the full extent of its damage caused to these young lives physical and psychological,” Freida said.
Freida Pinto is featured in Harper’s Bazaar Arabia for their June issue! In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she shares her love for Chanel, talks of protecting herself from the public eye, her obsession with shoes and other things. In the magazine, she models several Chanel looks from its Paris-Dallas Métier d’Art collection in a spread that was shot in Dubai during the Chanel Cruise show earlier this month. Added to our gallery is 1 scan and 4 outakes, all shot by Mathieus Cesar, courtesy to DailyMail.co.uk for the photos.
On her affection for shoes:
They’re my biggest obsession but I don’t even know how many I have. It’s a bit obscene for me, but I’m sure there are people that have way more. It’s really weird though, because my love for shoes isn’t because I want to wear them all. I mean, there are only so many days in the year, so it’s impossible to wear all of them, but I have them because they’re so beautiful, like works of art, and I love looking at them.
On her outlasting love for Chanel:
It was amazing that the brand believed in me, and I felt very, very lucky. If you wear Chanel to a premiere, you feel like you’ve kinda made it.
On her practices for yoga:
No matter where I am, once a day I bring myself to the mat. But I don’t practice a very calm style of yoga. If I’m working on something big, then my mind is absolutely mental, running wild, with a million different things going on, so the cardio really helps to calm me down.
Dailymail.co.uk — Freida admitted to not always feeling beautiful: ‘I was at an event with Karlie Kloss last year and it was horrible standing next to her. She’s a beautiful lady and I felt like a little ant!’
Shoes are not the only vice the Mumbai-born actress admitted to. ‘Bread. I love it,’ she said. ‘Not just bread, but bread as pizza or rolls – I want, want, want,’.
One thing you won’t find this beauty doing is cooking. She told the magazine she considers it a ‘waste of time’ and that she eats out when in Los Angeles and has someone cook for her while in India.
The actress insists that her family and friends keep her grounded. ‘I’ve never been brought up with a silver spoon in my mouth, and have been taught to work hard for things I want and not expect anything,’ she said. ‘Everyone around me would tell me if I did something arrogant or I got too big for my boots.’