In case you weren’t aware of his Good Samaritan work off the set of The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder is basically the Princess Diana of nature and animals. As the head of ISF (Ian Somerhalder Foundation), the compassionate actor has invested a great deal of time and energy into raising awareness for various environmental causes, inspiring kids all over the world to voice their beliefs, and protecting animals from neglect and abuse.
Well, it seems like his diligence as an advocate for defenseless creatures is being noticed by others because as part of their campaign to end animal cruelty, Josie Maran Cosmetics appointed the Vampire Diaries star as the brand’s Model Citizen for 2013.
Here’s what the founder and CEO of the company had to say about Ian:
“I started the model citizen campaign to really prove that doing good is a beautiful thing, and get people inspired to do something in their community. Ian isn’t just a good actor, he’s doing really beautiful acts in the world. He has a huge heart and a lot of energy and power to really change the world.”
Proceeds from the new limited-edition three-piece collection will benefit ISF in building a youth education camp and sustainable sanctuary farm for abused animals. Now, it’s time for some swooning: Watch as Ian kisses and snuggles with a bunch of puppies in the video below. Then, drop us a comment telling us what you love most about the blue-eyed vamp!