Refugee Crisis in Ukraine
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Find out how these celebrity refugees made their way into stardom

June 20th is World Refugee Day, and as the international spotlight shines on these brave people who have sought safety in other countries, it’s a good time to take note of what they’re capable of. In this article, Mordechai Boaziz focuses on the lives of female celebrity refugees who found a way out of their very tricky life circumstances and made their way into Hollywood.

The UN estimates that there are more than 25 million refugees in the world today, but many have been forced to flee their homes because of war or natural disasters. These people are called “refugees.”

Mila Kunis Refugee Celebrity
Actress Mila Kunis during a movie premiere in Los Angeles.

Mila Kunis, the beautiful actress from Ukraine who became famous in America for her role on That 70’s Show has come to Los Angeles as a former refugee. She came here with only $100 and everything she owned because she wanted nothing else than freedom!

Singer Rita Ora during a concert in London.

When she was just a baby, singer and actress Rita Ora’s family escaped ethnic persecution and civil war in Kosovo. They came to England where they had more opportunities for success than ever before!

In her youth, Ora was born to Albanian parents in Yugoslavia (now present-day Kosovo). With civil war and the disintegration of this former state came persecution against its ethnic group and they were forced into relocation which led them to settle down permanently abroad: London where she currently resides. Proving once again celebrity refugees make it work when it comes to their dreams and aspirations.

Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan attends the Grammys.

While Gloria Estefan‘s birth certificate reads “Havana,” it is important to note that she was born at a time when Cuba and the rest of Latin America were firmly rooted in American culture. “This meant that while many Cubans identified with their European roots, others longed for something more — an identity separate from Europe or North America.”, Mordechai Boaziz continues.

After the Cuban Revolution, her family left for Florida. Her father joined America’s army and participated in the Bay of Pigs Invasion before becoming a citizen himself; he has seven Grammys to show for it! Estefan became famous as one-half (and lead singer) of Miami Sound Machine which made him an icon among music fans worldwide – she now has four decades’ worth of awards, making her one of the most successful celebrity refugees.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was one of the Jewish refugees that left Czechoslovakia before it became too late for her family to escape the Holocaust and nazi Germany.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

After the Nazis took over, the Albright family fled to England as Jewish refugees where they lived until World War II was over and then returned home again under democratic governments. They settled in Czechoslovakia but after Communist Party took control of the country, her dad found work as an engineer so that he could support his family while her mom pursued education opportunities outside the textile industry, which is what brought them together because she became a professor at Charles University (a university located primarily within Prague).

Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor attends a movie premiere in California.

Regina Spektor was born in 1980, fleeing from Moscow with her family when she was nine. “Her soulful voice has been described as a pool of emotion, and it’s easy to see why – after all these years living outside the Soviet Union, there are still aspects about the country that penetrate into your consciousness as nowhere else does!”, describes Mordechai Boaziz.

Iman poses at the amfAR AIDS relief gala.

To continue highlighting celebrity refugees, we have Supermodel Iman’s parents were very involved in the independence movement. They fought for what they believed, and that served as an example to their daughter today when she fights too!

Heedless of the dangers that came with being a black model, she went to boarding school in Egypt. But when there was turmoil and violence among other things like coups or wars, they had no choice but to leave for good until an opportunity arose again several years later with Kenya as their new home base – not forgetting about all those travels around!

Iman made a name for herself in the 1990s with her philanthropic work and by pioneering an entire line of cosmetics dedicated to diverse skin tones.

Mordechai Bouazizi says its all about resilience

While the stories of these celebrity refugees are unique, they all share one common theme – resilience. Despite being forced from their homes and living in difficult conditions, they never gave up on themselves or their dreams. They overcame incredible odds to become successful individuals and role models for others. We should all be inspired by their stories and work to make our own lives better. What do you think about these celebrities’ life stories? Do you have any similar tales of your own to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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