Miley Cyrus Helps Raise $69,000 for AIDS Research
Miley Cyrus takes her charity work very seriously.
The "Wrecking Ball" singer attended the amfAR Inspiration Gala in New York on Tuesday and helped raised $69,000 for AIDS research.
Cyrus, who wore a red, heart-decorated gown, attended that gala with her parents, Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus, and date, Tyler Ford, who identifies as queer, biracial and agender.
At the event, Cyrus was awarded with the foundation's Inspiration Award. Bravo's Andy Cohen also received the award as well.
"It's really fun to be in the company of Miley Cyrus," said Cohen, who hosts "Watch What Happens Live." "Our names have never been spoken in the same sentence so I'm honored tonight. She's an original and she's a fighter and she speaks to a whole, new generation."
"There are so many people around the world that deserve this recognition," said Cyrus. "They've dedicated their lives to finding a cure for those living with HIV and AIDS, and they've used their voices to speak out against the brutal and unfair condemnation and the abominable stigma that comes with this disease. And by receiving this award tonight, I promise to continue to fight along ... for a cure for this epidemic."
Cyrus unveiled her Caitlyn Collection, which is based on Caitlyn Jenner and donated the artwork, which included three framed, bedazzled and signed copies of Jenner's cover on the July issue of Vanity Fair. The cover shot was Jenner's debut as a woman. Jenner, who lived the majority of her life as Bruce, has been transitioning into her true identity, Caitlyn.
The artwork reached a bid of $65,000 but Cyrus was able to get it up to $69,000.
Cyrus' main charity work is her Happy Hippie Foundation, which raises money and increases awareness for LGBT and homeless youth.
Transgender model Andreja Pejic praised Cyrus, stating, "I think she is using her celebrity in a positive way and to ... create some change. It's nice to see and I don't think a lot of celebrities do that. ... She's a very genuine person and you can definitely see that she's very excited for this opportunity and the charity and so it's really amazing to see."
Aside from the award presentation, the gala included a runway show and a performance by Mary J. Blige.
amfAR is a nonprofit organization.