Table of Contents
- Why Oprah Winfrey is a Hero?
- Difficult Childhood and Speaking Up
- Charity Projects
- Inspirational Model
Why Oprah Winfrey is a Hero?
Oprah Winfrey is widely known for her acting and her talk show, but there is more to her than what many see on television. Oprah is only sixty-four years old and has already accomplished what any average person would never achieve in a lifetime. She is the chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions and the Oprah Winfrey Network, she started the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, and has also been featured on TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people on ten times. Oprah went from being a neglected and abused child to a famous, strong, and powerful celebrity. She has become a hero and influence to people of every gender and race with her stories, charity donations, and proved that anyone can make a life for themselves no matter what they have gone through or where they come from.
Difficult Childhood and Speaking Up
Oprah has always been an advocate for childhood abuse and neglect since she has started her career due to her rough childhood. When Oprah turned nine, she was first sexually abused while babysitting by her nineteen-year-old cousin. Throughout her teenage years, she was constantly assaulted by family friends and also, her uncle. In 1986, Oprah finally opened up on her talk show and told everyone watching her abuse story; nonetheless, this started a conversation still talked about today. She has helped numerous women and children who came out with their stories. Recently Oprah gave a speech at the Golden Globes award show, in this speech, she thanked everyone who spoke up about their abuse stories and stated that ‘A new day is on the horizon’ for all the people hurt by abuse and racial injustice. Oprah has always and will continue to speak up for those that are too consumed in fear to share their stories and be a hero to all abuse victims who feel like they do not have a voice.
Oprah is very charitable and is constantly giving to those who need help through charity with donations she has given and foundations she has formed. Oprah has currently donated and supports and whopping forty-five charities and she supports twenty-seven causes. One charity she has donated to numerous times is The Angel Network. This organization has been talked about multiple times on her tv talk show, all the donations to this charity go directly to funding a project such as The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa or Rebuilding the Gulf Coast. Oprah has two charities of her own, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation and The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation, both founded by Oprah herself. These two charities do not accept donations and are instead reliant on donations from Oprah, this goes to show just how generous Oprah is towards others that need help. Lastly, Oprah has also stated in her will to give one billion dollars to charities, this makes her one of the biggest philanthropist of the twenty first century.
Oprah came from practically nothing; yet, she managed to become one of the most successful females in today’s society. She proved that anyone can make a successful life for themselves as long as they keep persisting through everything. Oprah has an estimated net worth of around 2.9 billion USD, this is because she never gave up and is constantly giving to others who are less fortunate. Her optimistic way of thinking is truly incredible considering what Oprah had to go through before things got better in her life. Oprah has written many books that have proven helpful to others and other books that tell her story to the world. She has given many authors opportunities by adding them to her book club list. All considered, she is one of the most generous celebrities of today. Oprah is always changing lives for the better, even after she ended her daily talk show in 2011.