By Steve Angeles, ABS CBN North America Bureau

Los Angeles – She may be one of Hollywood’s hottest and most famous Filipinas, but Nicole Scherzinger is not just a pretty face. After years of success, the talented singer, host, and actress is showing that she also has a big heart taking on many causes.

Born in Hawaii, Scherzinger has been in showbiz since 1999 at the age of 21.

Starting out with female pop group Eden’s crush, she shot to fame as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls. After the Dolls disbanded, she’s gone on with a successful solo career, which includes acting stints on TV and movies and a spot as host of reality singing show X-Factor.

Last summer she proudly talked about her Pinoy roots as she joined the Black Eyed Peas for Apl de Ap’s ‘Take me to the Philippines’ show at the Hollywood bowl, which showcased an all Filipino line up.

Scherzinger said she hasn’t been back to the Philippines since she was on tour with the dolls but hopes to go back soon.

“I’d love to go back on tour soon, I actually think I’m going to be doing some charitable efforts pretty soon there,” she said.

And indeed, charity efforts has been a big part of her busy life.

Recently she acted as a co-chair for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. Scherzinger said learning that the issue of slavery affects Filipinos inspired her to join the cause.

“That’s how I became educated and aware because of my Philippine background and realizing that human trafficking is an epidemic in the Philippines,” she said.

Scherzinger has also used her star power for other causes, appearing in the ‘We Are the World for Haiti’ campaign and working with VH-1’s ‘Save the Music’ program.

She’s also shared her past experience with the eating disorder bullemia, telling people that music had saved her.

“I’m just here to inspire to bring a sense of hope and faith. It’s all about raising the funds to go to these services and programs to rehabilitate these children these women to help them to dream again,” she said.

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