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Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia
Peta supporter Natalie Jane Imbruglia is an Australian singer-songwriter, model and actress. The "Torn" artist really shines in her new ad, which points out that even a "little fur trim" is the product of an industry that skins animals alive. | Photo: Peta | Natalie Imbruglia, Peta, Tofu, Animal Rights,

The power of passion... for healing, art, animals, and life.

Stunning, stylish, smart and sensitive. Is there anything wrong with Natalie Imbruglia? Oh yeah, she's having a bit of trouble living down her wildly successful hit song from 1997, Torn. Ballsier than the usual pop star, what this lady did was pretty impressive, at least in my book. She pulled up her big girl pants and moved to one of the scariest places on earth ' Los Angeles, California. Can it be L.A. is the one place that truly understands the price of fame? Perhaps. Or maybe it's the last stop before you fall off the mountain.

Having grown up in show business myself, it's not hard to imagine the attention she received for her talents could have started to wear. The "business of the business" has a way of commodifying an artistic person until you hardly recognize them anymore. When I watched Natalie walk around in a tutu and leather boots in a 2009 video for her chipper song "Wild About It," I thought to myself, "This woman is way too cool for this. C'mon, people." On her website there are outtakes that show her having a conversation with a beach ball and a sofa cushion. Really? She is sweet and good-natured throughout but it left me feeling as if I was watching a nice woman forced into a bad situation and making the best of it. While focusing on her looks is not a crime, it sure seems like her business partners aren't listening enough to her music.

She has admitted to suffering from chronic depression, but honestly, who is show business hasn't? Selling your self for your art is not for sissies. However each song I listened to made me feel this woman is trapped by her beauty ' an image which may be nice for us to look at but maybe not so nice for her as a struggling singer/songwriter. In an interview with Australian magazine, Grazia, she admitted, "I can't deal with being called beautiful."

Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia

Singer, songwriter, model, actress, Natalie Imbruglia is an ambassador for Virgin Unite and supports campaigns to end poverty and to bring attention to the disease known as obstetric fistula. She has also spoken publicly of suffering from clinical depression to raise awareness about the disorder. | Natalie Imbruglia, Peta, Tofu, Animal Rights,

Here is a selection from some of her lyrics, which suggest that she might be having a harder time of it than she lets on.
    From the 2007 song Glorious:
      Been a long time 

      But I had it coming 

      Visitation is leaving me with nothing'
      I've wanted you all along 

      And you couldn't hear me call 

      Keep me backed up 

      In this corner 

      And now I'm gone.

    From the 2005 song I Won't Be Lost:
      Smiling like a billionaire,
      Hoping you were unaware,
      The walls inside were caving in.
      My world had come apart again. 

      Don't let it show.
      Don't let them know that I wouldn't be very strong without you.
      Don't you give up on me.

    From the 2001 song Beauty on the Fire:
      Here it comes again.
      Cannot out run my desire.
      Cover my descent.
      And throw the
Beauty on the fire.
Since she's landed in tinsel town, things are looking up for the actress and chanteuse. She's been nominated for the 2012 InStyle and Audi Women of Style award, which honors Australia's most inspirational and innovative women; become an ambassador for Richard Branson's Virgin Unite Charity in it's "Covers for a Cause" campaign fighting homelessness; she is a spokesperson with the United Nations Population Fund; has designed jewelry and modeled for the jewelry line Kailis and is writing a new song for the film There's Always Woodstock written and produced by Vince Pizzinga.

She's clearly no amateur, nor a stranger to the importance of helping others, but perhaps her most powerful contribution has been for Peta in its fight against the international fur trade. Her gentle voice narrates this powerful video that show some of the more gruesome methods used to trap, kill and skin animals, and not always in that order. (Warning: very disturbing scenes of animal torture are shown in this video.) It is not for the faint of heart. After viewing it, I doubt you will ever wear another piece of fur again.

I am really glad I saw this, but is it too far a stretch to guess she might relate to these animals? Trapped in the cage of fame, wanted mainly for her exterior? If so, we should all think about what we are doing to one another, both man and animal, on this crazy messed up planet. I hope she is careful in Los Angeles and chooses her friends cautiously. She seems to be a rare and talented woman who deserves the compassion and protection she so generously extends to others.

Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie Jane Imbruglia, born 4 February 1975, is an Australian singer-songwriter, model and actress. In the early 1990s, Imbruglia was known to audiences as Beth Brennan in the popular Australian soap Neighbours. Three years after leaving the program, Imbruglia launched a singing career with the international hit, "Torn". | Natalie Imbruglia, Peta, Tofu, Animal Rights,

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