Topaz Page-Green

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Topaz Page-Green is a fashion model and the founder[1] and president of the non-profit corporation The Lunchbox Fund.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Topaz Page-Green was born in 1979 [3] and raised near Johannesburg, South Africa, her father and mother were geologists. [4]

When she was about 15 years old she had her first job packing groceries in a small store, she used her earnings to purchase food for herself at school. [5]

Career[edit]

After graduating high school Page-Green began her career in modeling after moving to London. [6] While traveling on London’s Underground she was noticed by a model scout and signed soon after with a talent agency, on a trip home to South Africa in 2003 [3] she was confronted with the extreme poverty of her country, and decided to do something about it. In 2005, she launched The Lunchbox Fund as her response to this poverty, the fund raises money to provide one meal a day to poor and at-risk students in township high schools in South Africa. [7]

She studied Africa, sociology and human rights at the New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. [8]

The Lunchbox Fund[edit]

Page-Green founded The Lunchbox Fund in 2005, the fund provides one meal each day to 22,000 underprivileged high school students, totaling more than 2.6 million meals a year. [9] The Lunchbox Fund began in the historically at-risk Soweto district of Johannesburg. [10]

Feedie[edit]

Page-Green created Feedie, an app which is credited as being the “first philanthropic food app.” Designed to be used by ‘foodies’ and others, the Feedie application uses social media to transform people’s passion for sharing their photos of food into the sharing of actual food with school children in need via The Lunchbox Fund. [11]

Recognition[edit]

In September 2015 fashion designer Kenneth Cole included Page-Green in his “Courageous Class” ad campaign re-affirming his brand’s motto, “Look Good, For Good.” [12]

Forbes included Topaz Page-Green in their list of the “World’s Most Powerful Business Women” in 2015. [13]

Personal life and style[edit]

Page-Green lives in an apartment in New York City’s East Village, she has lived in New York since 2001. [8] Page-Green is a vegetarian, and eats “mostly vegan” food. [8] [3]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mario Batali: How I'm Helping to Feed Orphans". BloombergBusiness. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Suh, Seunghee (2 November 2015). "The Lunchbox Fund Gets a Little Help from Its Friends". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Claxton, Eve. "The Interview: Topaz Page-Green". Net-A-Porter. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Magwood, Michele (2 November 2015). "Jinns & Tonic: Michele Magwood Talks to Salman Rushdie About His New Book, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights". Books Live. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Gustashaw, Megan (2 May 2014). "Women Of Style: Topaz Page-Green". The Zoe Report. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Edelson, Sharon (1 March 2012). "Topaz Page-Green: Model Citizen". WWD. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Lunchbox Fund:Our Mission". The Lunchbox Fund. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c Smith, Erin Geiger (21 October 2015). "Topaz Page-Green, a Reluctant Model, Embraces Her Activism". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Baugh, Maria (30 November 2015). "Holiday Giving: 7 Children's Charities You Should Know About". Forbes. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Lunchbox Fund:Where We Work". The Lunchbox Fund. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  11. ^ Wyrick, Christopher (13 August 2014). "Rose McGowan Co-Hosts 'Feedie' Dinner At The Standard In Downtown L.A". The Lunchbox Fund. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  12. ^ Guerrere, Michelle (10 September 2015). "Kenneth Cole's Newest Campaign Features Real-Life Heroes". Marie Claire. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  13. ^ Guerrere (27 May 2015). "Forbes:World's Most Powerful Business Women". Forbes. Retrieved 16 December 2015.