Lea Salonga wins TIME100 Impact Award as role model for kids of color

Lea Salonga TIME100 Impact Award
Lea Salonga voiced Disney animated series as Princess Jasmine of Aladdin and Mulan. Photo screengrab from Philippines’ SEA Games.

The Philippines’ Lea Salonga has been named a 2022 Time Magazine Impact Awardee for inspiring children of color around the world.

The Broadway superstar and Disney Princess will be among this year’s honorees of the TIME100 Impact Awards which recognizes global leaders and visionaries who have gone above and beyond to move their respective industries forward.

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Salonga was hailed as a “role model for children of color” in a September 25 feature written by Time Magazine’s Sanya Mansoor, with her accomplishments in theater and film breaking down racial barriers.

“In her four-decade award-winning career as an actress and singer, Salonga has emerged as not only a Disney and Broadway icon, but a role model for children of color,” Time Magazine’s Sanya Mansoor writes.

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The multiple award-winning actress and singer is the original singing voice of Disney Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II. She has since been anointed a Disney Legend for her work in the hit Walt Disney animated films.

Renowned across the world for her powerful voice, Salonga is also best known on stage for her Tony Award-winning role in Miss Saigon. She returned to the Tony Awards stage as one of the celebrity presenters for the 74th annual ceremony at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York last year.

“Salonga prides herself on promoting representation in Hollywood and on Broadway, and showing underrepresented groups that their stories matter,” Mansoor adds.

Salonga continues to make waves in Hollywood and most recently played the role of Elodie Honrada in the “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff series, Original Sin, which has been renewed for a second season.

The Filipina singer and actor earlier marked her return to acting in film and television by co-starring with fellow Miss Saigon star Eva Noblezada in “Yellow Rose“, a critically-acclaimed musical drama film about the life of Filipino immigrants in the United States.

Salonga and the three other Impact Award awardees will be honored at an evening celebration at the National Gallery Singapore following the inaugural TIME100 Leadership Forum on October 2, 2022.

TIME Magazine had previously honored Philippine journalist Maria Ressa as Person of the Year, former Philippine president Corazon Aquino as one of the 100 Women of the Year, and Filipino American Olivia Rodrigo as Entertainer of the Year.

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