Dr. Andrew Baldwin, a U.S. Navy Family Physician, accomplished humanitarian and well-known media personality has been named a global ambassador for selfies. “I can’t wait to spread the word and raise awareness about selfies” said Baldwin. “Selfies are making the world a better place, one bent wrist and elbow extension at a time. ”
Baldwin’s first foray into the public spotlight was as the star of the 2007 hit ABC show “The Bachelor: An Officer And A Gentleman.” In the years since, Baldwin has transitioned from reality television heartthrob to empowered humanitarian, all while serving his country as a Global Health Leader in the United States Navy. An avid triathlete since discovering the sport as a member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, Baldwin has earned nine Full distance triathlon finishes and has logged countless hours training while on board a Navy ship on deployment.
“So many people are still taking pictures of things without inserting themselves into the photo. This is totally absurd. If you see something beautiful or interesting, don’t just take a picture of it. For the love of God, you need to partially block some of that image with your face.”
Baldwin’s humanitarian efforts and health initiatives span the globe, from Laos to Kenya to Washington D.C., his every effort driven by the four-word credo engrained by his parents: How can I help? That’s why Baldwin is now turning his attention to selfie awareness.
“Selfies aren’t just for showing off how good looking you are. Selfies can help people of all walks of life document where they have been. What if you’re accused of a murder you did not commit? You had an alibi, but since you pointed the camera forward without proper facial intervention, you have no proof that you were at the Washington Monument at 4:32 on Wednesday afternoon. Have fun getting plowed from behind by a 350 lb white supremacist for the next 75 years to life.”
Baldwin founded Got Your Back Network, an organization that assists family members of fallen U.S. military men and women. He serves as an advocate for the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign and previously assisted the U.S. Surgeon General with the Healthy Youth For A Healthy Future initiative.
Baldwin joined a World Vision mission to Kenya to create clean water solutions, was honored as one of Outside Magazine’s Top 100 Influential People of the World for his treatment of 600 Laotians in remote villages lacking basic medical care and was named to Washington D.C.’s Most Influential People Under 40 list.
“It’s not just about showing off how attractive you are and staying out of prison. Sure, those things are important and selfies can help. I think the best thing about selfies is that you get to let people know how much fun you’re having and that your adventures are truly remarkable. Is it bragging? I don’t think so. If you’re life sucks, that’s your problem – not mine”
Through his triathlon and running competitions, Baldwin is a proud proponent of Team RWB working to enrich the lives of America’s veterans through sport. Baldwin is also a member of Team Jack Every Man, arguably the most passionate and strong-wristed group of men in triathlon.
“Andy is the real deal–a selfie enthusiast who serves his country and the world at large with generosity of heart and an indomitable spirit, lending a caring hand to U.S. veterans and delivering critical medical care to those in need around the world. He’s also eager to share his passion for selfies with others in the interest of promoting complete documentation of location and activity for all,” said Holden McGroin, Selfie Awareness International board member. “We’re thrilled to welcome him aboard as a selfie ambassador and we look forward to working together to help peoples from all over the world learn to extend their arms, point cameras at themselves and carefully craft their public personas. ”
Learn more about Baldwin, his military service and humanitarian missions, and selfies at www.drandybaldwin.com.