Gelila pledged her 27th birthday to raise money for clean water projects this year.

She's an Ethiopian-born model, humanitarian and social activist in New York City -- who does an amazing job of utilizing her status as a celebrated model to help people in developing countries attain fundamental natural resources. Having seen firsthand how the lack of clean water affected people, she's been a long-time supporter and advocate of ours -- often facilitating great new relationships.

GELILA'S TAKE ON BIRTHDAYS: 

What is your most memorable birthday? My 16th birthday. My mom brought me to New York City for the first time, and I remember saying, "Wow! NYC! I want to live here one day."

What do you remember about your 21st birthday? My 21st birthday I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina shooting a Pantene hair commercial. I was so happy about my contract with Pantene, but no one knew it was my birthday. :)

What is your favorite type of birthday cake? I don't usually like cake. Maybe vegan chocolate.  

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
When I was a kid, I wanted to be one of the Spice Girls. Happy Spice. Still dreaming lol.

Who would you most like to spend your birthday with? I don't get to see my family much, so to have my mom, aunts, uncles, my sweet grandmama and my sister would be heaven.

What does water mean to you? Where do I begin. We are powerless without water. I am! Our life revolves around water. It's a necessity most of us take for granted. I saw it firsthand traveling to my homeland. Most families don't have enough water to cook with or drink. Young girls don't go to school because they have to walk 4-5 hours a day to get water. Lack of water has a profound effect on the health and growth of a society.

What’s your birthday wish? Another opportunity to be part of this amazing movement and this organization. Most of us are fortunate to live the life we have, and as mankind, it's our basic responsibility to try to balance the world.