Gelila is also a humanitarian and social activist. With the success and celebrity afforded to her through her work as a recognizable model, Bekele devotes much of her time to aiding people around the world through her charity involvement with groups that help those living in third world nations attain fundamental natural resources like water.
Sacrifice and exceptional discipline came at an early age for Bekele through her grandmother who raised her in the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia – a religion that practices regular fasting. The fasting called for eliminating meat and dairy from her diet for weeks at a time according to the church calendar. “I never had a taste for meat or a desire to try it”, Gelila Bekele said.
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