After co-opting Japanese fashion for years, Gwen Stefani is giving back. Today, she announced that she donated $1 million to Save the Children's relief efforts for Japan. The No Doubt singer and fashion designer said in a statement:
"I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture. The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking, and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years."
Stefani is also holding a charity auction to be announced next week, at which fans can bid on the chance to join Gwen at a special fund-raiser in Los Angeles. A limited-edition Harajuku Lovers T-shirt designed by Gwen will also be sold on nodoubt.com, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the relief effort in Japan.
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Stefani says she's been inspired by Japan since she first toured there with No Doubt in 1996, hence the clothing line called Harajuku Lovers and the song "Harajuku Girls."