Miley Cyrus was the guest of honour at amfAR's sixth annual Inspiration Gala in New York City on Tuesday (June 16), where the singer was recognized for her work in the fight against AIDS. Dressed in a strapless, heart-patterned custom Moschino gown, Miley walked the red carpet with friend Tyler Ford, a member of the LGBTQ community who is featured in the pop star’s newest venture, #InstaPride.
Launched earlier this week, #InstaPride is a collaboration between Miley’s Happy Hippie Foundation and Instagram that sees portraits of transgendered people shared on the popular photo app. It comes hot on the heels of the foundation’s Facebook-driven #BackyardSessions video series, which featured stars like Joan Jett and Ariana Grande performing with the "Party in the USA" songstress to raise awareness for homeless youth initiatives.
“There are so many people around the world that deserve this recognition," said an emotional Miley upon acceptance of the award. "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."
Also on the red carpet, fellow honouree and Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen revealed how excited he was to see Miley at the gala. "It's really fun to be in her company," he exclaimed. "Our names have never been spoken in the same sentence so I'm honoured tonight. She's an original and she's a fighter and she speaks to a whole, new generation." Inside the event, hosted by Anderson Cooper, guests were treated to a runway show and special performance by R&B legend Mary J. Blige.
During the black-tie affair, Miley auctioned pieces of art from her Dirty Hippie collection. The bedazzled creations feature Caitlyn Jenner's groundbreaking Vogue cover in a variety of colours and textures. She took to the mic to encourage the crowd to bid more and they listened, to the tune of over $65,000.