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Norwich teen selected to work with Disney for empowering campaign

Maud Webster interviewing head of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy. Picture: Ila Desai

Maud Webster interviewing head of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy. Picture: Ila Desai

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A teenager from Norwich has been selected as one of 21 youngsters to work with Disney on a female empowerment campaign.

The grils from Girl Up on Good Morning America. Picture: Girl Up/TwitterThe grils from Girl Up on Good Morning America. Picture: Girl Up/Twitter

Maud Webster, 16, has teamed up with Disney as part of the #DreamBigPrincess video series for the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up initiative.

The project hopes to share the stories of trailblazing women across technology, entertainment, medicine, law, sports, arts, science, fashion and politics to show the next generation what is possible if they dream big.

The video interviews will be put on social media and with every share or like $1 will be donated to Girl Up. Disney hopes to raise more than $1m for the cause.

The City of Norwich School pupil is part of a duo from the UK to travel to America and interview Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, and Jo Malone, British perfumer and entrepreneur,

Lucasfilm is the company behind Star Wars. Photo: Lucasfilm / DisneyLucasfilm is the company behind Star Wars. Photo: Lucasfilm / Disney

She says it was “surreal” to be chosen after she sent a video in to the campaign.

Miss Webster said: “It felt surreal to be chosen. I didn’t really believe the email at first. We all got added to a group chat with the other girls so it heightened my excitement so much as the trip approached.

“We need to empower young women, so that they can grow up to become the next generation of role models. There are so many opportunities out there and to be able to additionally raise money for Girl Up’s work is so great.”

The teenager says her passions include reading, writing, sports, design, LBGT+ and feminism and that the chance to interview Ms Kennedy was a special experience.

Miss Webster added: “We had the opportunity to go on Good Morning America and see the impact of our videos, it was brilliant, an unforgettable time.

“Kathleen Kennedy is such an impressive and inspirational woman, it felt so special to directly talk to her.

“Hopefully younger girls, and boys, can see their role models from such a variety of fields, and be inspired to follow their ambitions and dream big.”

Ms Kennedy said: “Dreaming big is one of the most important things any of us can do – to keep aiming higher.

“The #DreamBigPrincess series is giving a voice to a group of talented young women, helping them tell stories that kids can learn from, whatever their ambition.”

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