HFPA president Meher Tatna made the announcement Wednesday evening at Catch LA in West Hollywood. The previous honorary title of Miss or Mister Golden Globe was retired.
“As we look forward to the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association members decided to expand this role to embody the HFPA’s philanthropic efforts year round,” said Tatna. “The honoree will now be referred to as the Golden Globe Ambassador and we could not think of a better representative than Simone to carry on this tradition, as her values closely reflect everything the HFPA stands for.”
Johnson announced that she’s partnering with GlobalGirl, which is supported by the HFPA and empowers young women in journalism from disadvantaged areas by providing them the tools they need to chase their career goals.
“I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in a household with strong role models and feel so honored to represent the HFPA for its 75th Anniversary,” said Johnson. “As the newly minted Golden Globe Ambassador, I hope to serve as a role model to young people everywhere and empower them to speak out on issues they are passionate about.”
The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will air on Jan. 7 from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Johnson will usher presenters on and off stage along with handing out awards.
The most recent honorees were Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet Stallone, daughters of Sylvester Stallone. Other honorees include Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx; Greer Grammer, daughter of Kelsey Grammer; Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick; Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher; Sam Fox, son of Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan; and Rainey Qualley, daughter of Andie MacDowell.