By Brandi Fowler
Apr 08, 2016 @ 12:45 pm
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A little rain couldn’t stop thousands of students and celebrities from getting up bright and early to celebrate the power young people have to change the world. Thursday's WE Day California ​brought Charlize Theron, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and more stars out to the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., to inspire the 16,000 young leaders and educators at the event to continue to make an impact in their communities and help change the world.

After Gomez hit the blue carpet in The Row’s yellow leather jacket and white top, Vetements high-waist jeans, a Jennifer Fisher choker, and Manolo Blahnik stiletto pumps, the “Same Old Love” crooner made a quick change and kicked off the show in a sheer and black Houghton ensemble paired with Paul Andrew over-the-knee black boots. The crowd lost it as she strutted out and sang “Kill 'Em with Kindness.”

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Lovato also performed and moved audience members with a powerful rendition of “Stone Cold” in a black blazer and floral pants. When the songstress came back out to address the crowd later in the show, she tripped and fell but quickly recovered and returned once again to give a speech. “Tonight we unite for a better world,” Lovato said. “Maybe they’re big dreams, but we know every movement and action starts with simple steps, right? But for a lot of us it’s hard to know where to start. The WE movement helps support your passion for a better America, a better world. Living WE proves that. When individuals come together we have incredible power. Together, we can change the world."


She then introduced 16-year-old philanthropist Reilly Fox, who became the first female football varsity player to score points in a game last September.

Meanwhile, Theron was on hand to inspire teens to join the fight against HIV/AIDS. “It's amazing to see so many inspiring young people here and across the country working together towards one goal—to live WE and that is a passion I share,” the Oscar winner said in her address to the crowd. Theron also introduced—and sang “Happy Birthday” to activist Ashley Murphy, who was born HIV positive to a drug-addicted mother and was expected to only live a few days.


Zooey Deschanel (above, far left) and her New Girl co-stars Hannah Simone (above, left center)Max Greenfield (above, right center), Lamorne Morris (above, far right) and also took the stage to introduce speaker Yash Gupta, founder of Sight Learning, to the stage. Deschanel later returned in a yellow floral dress for a short chat with Kermit the Frog. Joe Jonas hit the stage as well, as did Paula Abdul, Seth Rogen, wife Lauren Miller Rogen, Jacob Tremblay, and more to introduce speakers and encourage young people to get involved in various causes.

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During the day-long event, attendees, who all worked in their communities to obtain their seats, were privy to a wealth of knowledge, from their peers and celebrity ambassadors. Stars like Theron got just the same from them—along with a strong dose of inspiration.