Millions of survivors fleeing the 1915 Armenian Genocide were spread worldwide. Armenians managed to create a diaspora in a number of countries, larger than the population of Armenia itself. The new generation of the descendants continues to speak out about the Genocide, never forgetting about the roots.
There are several descendants of the Armenian genocide among the A-list celebrities, who always highlight their origin and the heritage. There are also others, who do not belong to the nation, but speak out for the truth.
We have highlighted 3 strong women, who have always raised the awareness about the Armenian Genocide.
Cher, born as Cherilyn Sarkisian, an American diva, has been referred to as the “Goddess of Pop”. She has always spoken up about her roots. Cher was in Armenia, Yerevan in 1993. She had a 3 day trip to her homeland, bringing humanitarian aid. The photo of Cher sitting on the broken statue of Lenin became iconic.
“I want to bring a face to the name Armenian,” she once said. Also, after the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in 2021 by US president Joe Biden the diva responded, “Despite being a painful reminder of crimes against humanity, people around the world can finally know that the memories of their ancestors will not be forgotten”.
Kim Kardashian has been always turning the attention of her millions of followers, fans, and non-fans towards Armenia, highlighting everything related to the country. Kim’s father, Robert Kardashian was an American attorney and businessman. His parents, Arthur Kardashian and Helen Jean Arakelian Kardashian were both Armenian Americans. Originally they were from Kars (current Turkey region).
Kim has always spoken about the Armenian Genocide, calling for recognition. She thanked President Biden for naming the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide.
“Although nothing will ever bring back the Armenians who were murdered, I will continue to honor and remember those we lost every year on this day”.
Human rights activist and attorney Amal Clooney has once stated that her heritage is not Armenian but that does not matter.
In 2015 she represented Armenia during the famous hearings of “Perincek v. Switzerland” case on Armenian Genocide denial at the European Court of Human Rights, accusing Turkey of hypocrisy on freedom of speech.