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Top fashion model turned water activist Georgie Badiel founded her water-focused Georgie Badiel Foundation in 2015. Before launching her foundation, Badiel was Miss Africa in 2004, and then became a top fashion model working for luxury brands like Marc Jacobs and Oscar de La Renta. Georgie has graced the cover of fashion’s bible, and

How long have you been leading the Georgie Badiel Foundation and how did you end up in that position?

I am the founder and the CEO of the Georgie Badiel Foundation.

I have been leading the Foundation since its creation on September 2015.

What is one trait/skill that has personally helped you reach new levels in your career?

My passion and love for the people of my country has given me the determination to work hard to provide them with the most basic human right.

Approximately what percent of your team is female? How does that impact the work you do?


More than 50% of the people of my team are women. In Africa, bringing clean water to our families is the woman's concern. It is important for me to educate both women and men to make a real change.

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No matter how far your career takes you, what is one thing about your life that you want to remain the same?

The only one thing in my life that I want to remain the same is my family. They're very important to me.

What do you spend your time doing when you're not working?

I love to cook for my husband and listen to some gospel music. Spending quality time with him is everything to me.

What is one disadvantage to pioneering your career vs. one benefit that inspires you?

Being an African women. I have to work harder and harder.  Sometimes it’s exhausting and frustrating. But I believe the work I am doing is for God, he will take care of everything.