Pop star Miley Cyrus and American television personality Andy Cohen shared honors at amfAR’s (The american foundation for Aids Research) sixth annual Inspiration Gala in New York City on Tuesday (June 16). The foundation is celebrating Cyrus’ commitment to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS through her involvement with MAC AIDS Fund, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The singer’s honor comes one day after she launched her transgender portrait series with social networking company Instragram called #Instapride.
As she walked down the red carpet with a model from the series, Cyrus said of the honor: “I feel undeserving, I feel – this is too much.” No matter the location, amfAR always brings out the biggest stars and supporters of the fight against HIV/AIDS. Hitting the red carpet for the event was model Tyson Beckford, reality star Fredrik Eklund and supermodel Heidi Klum.
With the introduction of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, transgender issues were one of the topics of the evening. Transgender actress Laverne Cox explained one of the main issues facing trans people and HIV/AIDS. The gala was hosted by television news anchor Anderson Cooper and will feature a performance by singer Mary J. Blige. The American foundation for AIDS Research was founded in 1985 and has donated $415 million (USD) for HIV/AIDS related programs.