ECO ANGEL Carrie Underwood
To celebrate her birthday this month our featured Eco Angel is country singer Carrie Underwood.
This all American Girl is hot off the heels of her brand new single Good Girl, the lead track from her upcoming album Blown Away due out this May.
Carrie is much more than just the girl-next-door who won the title of American Idol in 2005 - she is a wife, daughter, beauty ambassador, humanitarian, actress and vegan. PETA crowned her the World's Sexiest Vegetarian back in 2007, since she received this honour Carrie has now made the switch to Vegan after she discovered she was lactose intolerant. Carrie grew up on a farm in Checotah, Oklahoma.
Carrie: "I grew up playing on dirt roads, climbing trees and of course singing."
She and has always loved animals, so much that she couldn't stand the thought of eating one of her own animals - so she because a vegetarian at 13.
Carrie: "Every since I was little I loved animals. If you told me I could never sing again, I'd say that was horrible, but it's not my life. If you told me I could never be around animals again, I would just die."
"I believe that when opportunities arise for you to do good, you should do good"
Carrie founded the C.A.T.S foundation (Checotah Animal, Town and School) in 2009 to give back to her home town where she makes donations to assist local schools buy music equipment for the students.
Carrie: "I feel like it was a really good time to start something that could do good for others. I've had so much good fortune just poured over me... that it's definitely time to give back."
A few years ago she rescued a dog abandoned on the highway by it's owner. She took the injured puppy she nicknamed Stella to the vet and the groomer. A few days later Carrie found a new home for her. What a sweetheart! Carrie also has two dogs of her own, Ace and Penny.
This small town girl is also involved with many charity events because Carrie loves giving back. She donates her time to the Make A Wish foundation and is involved with Pedigree Adoption Drive which helps raise awareness for dogs in need of homes.
Carrie recently performed for the US troops in the Middle East for American Idol's Idol Gives Back.
Carrie: "Everybody has the power to do something, to be a contributing force. I would rather people look back on my life and say 'She made the world a better place'. We can all do things like that and I believe that when opportunities arise for you to do good, you should do good."
Carrie wed her NHL hockey superstar beau Mike Fisher on July 10, 2010 at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge in Greensboro, Georgia. Mike proposed to Carrie after a year of dating with a $800,000 dollar 12-carat engagement ring. This all american girl finally got her fairytale dream wedding with a little southern twist. Carrie looked radiant on the day wearing a Chantilly lace Monique Lhuillier gown. Her precious pup Ace even made a special appearance dressed in a cute pink & white tuxedo.
Carrie: "Mike was like 'He's in pink! What are you doing?' ...But he looked so handsome."
Last year Carrie turned to acting with her feature film debut in Soul Surfer. She gave a heart warming performance as Sarah Hill, a church youth ministry leader.
Ms Underwood may have stolen our hearts with her grammy award winning voice and down to earth girl-next-door smile, but it's her inner beauty that shines bright. Her positive, giving attitude certainly rubs off. So it's no surprise she recently became the new face of Olay. Carrie is the brand's first ever celebrity ambassador.
Whether she's rescuing lost dogs, singing her heart out on stage or splashing her face with water in her latest Olay commercial - We are convinced Carrie Underwood is one pretty amazing Good Girl.