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Gwen Stefani began her career as lead-vocalist of the ska band No Doubt. She has since become one of the most famous women in rock and pop. She has sold over seven million records as a solo artist, as well as being a successful fashion designer.
Her single “Hollaback Girl” was the first US digital download to sell one million copies. Stefani’s second solo album, The Sweet Escape (2006), yielded the highest-selling single “The Sweet Escape”. Including her work with No Doubt, Stefani has sold more than forty million albums worldwide. She won the World’s Best-Selling New Female Artist at the World Music Awards 2005.
In 2003, she debuted her clothing line L.A.M.B. and expanded her collection with the 2005 Harajuku Lovers line, drawing inspiration from Japanese culture and fashion. Stefani performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the Harajuku Girls dancers.
Billboard magazine named Gwen the fifty-fourth artist and thirty-seventh Hot 100 artist of the 2000–09 decade.
Following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Stefani donated $1 million to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake–Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund.
She also ran an auction on eBay from April 11 to April 25, 2011, allowing participants to bid on vintage clothing items from her personal wardrobe and custom T-shirts designed and signed by her, as well as on admission to a private Harajuku-themed tea party hosted by her on June 7, 2011 at Los Angeles’ first-ever Japanese-style maid café and pop art space, Royal/T, with proceeds from the auction going to Save the Children’s relief effort.
From January 2011, Gwen became the spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris. She has also done some acting, most notably as Jean Harlow in the Aviator.
Showing-off her ability to endorse a variety of products, in 2011 Gwen partnered with clothing brand Target for a new Children’s line.