Miley Cyrus Honored at amfAR Inspiration Gala, Stuns with Date Tyler Ford
With the beautiful Tyler Ford as her date and her parents Billy Ray and Tish in tow, the LGBT-rights activist also took to the stage where she auctioned off a number of her own artworks, and introduced the Caitlyn Collection, which was inspired by Caitlyn Jenner (who made her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair earlier this month).
Both Cyrus and TV personality Andy Cohen were honored last night for their work in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In her acceptance speech, Cyrus, who looked stunning wearing a strapless red Jeremy Scott number and matching combat boots, was brought to tears as she thanked amfAR founder Elizabeth Taylor, longtime amfAR advocate Sharon Stone and her parents, and spoke about her Happy Hippie Foundation.
“There are so many people around the world that deserve this recognition,” she said. “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.”
She continued on to say emotionally:
I just wanna tell you how much I love you, and … I’m gonna f—ing cry like a loser. I just wanna tell my parents that I hope that this makes them proud and somehow makes up for all the s–t that I do, all the time.
You are two of the most selfless people, and you have taught me and all my siblings how important it is to be there for those who need us and how important it is to care about other people and their lives. So thank you for making me like that.
If I know anything after doing this for however [long] that I’ve been doing this, nothin’ means s– except f—in’ helping people. That’s the only thing that makes us feel like we really accomplish anything at all. I hope one day that I’m here on earth to experience an AIDS-free world.
Earlier yesterday, Cyrus introduced Ford (a photographer, poet and former contestant on Oxygen’s The Glee Project) on her Instagram as part of her #InstaPride campaign, which supports her LGBT fans and focuses on “the power of acceptance, self-expression and freedom, no matter what our gender identity,” and celebrates “love, support, and resilience with portraits of transgender and gender expansive individuals from all walks of life.”
Cyrus, who recently came out as liking both men and women, wrote,
Meet Tyler (@tywrent), a 24 year old living in New York City, and my date for @amfar tonight!!! Tyler is a queer, biracial, agender person, whose pronouns are they/them/theirs. Tyler shares about their identity, experiences and hopes saying: ‘My whole life, I was led to believe that there were only two genders. I thought I had to shrink myself to fit into a box that was never going to contain me. It took years for me to find words for my gender identity, and to feel comfortable expressing myself as I am.’ #happyhippiepresents #instapride @happyhippiefdn @instagram
The Caitlyn Collection (part of her Dirty Hippie line), which Cyrus auctioned off, included three painted and signed copies of Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover–and reached an original bid of $65,000. At that point, however, Cyrus took over from the auctioneer and pressed the crowd for more bids.
People reports she told the crowd, “My left boob is bigger than the right – I’ll show you! What about $69,000? I’ll clean your house … naked!” And indeed, the pieces sold for $69,000.
Ford also celebrated Cyrus on their Instagram, sharing a snippet of their introduction speech for Cyrus’ award of inspiration:
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.
The Inspiration Gala included a runway show, performance by Mary J. Blige, auction and awards presentation.
Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aims to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations. Learn more about it here.
amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of AIDS-related public policy. Learn more about it here.