Singer (and “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant) Cyndi Lauper has worked with MAC makeup’s Viva Glam collection for many years, and this December, she took the opportunity to promote the MAC AIDS fund on World AIDS day.
The MAC AIDS fund, supported by Lauper, Lady Gaga, and Ricky Martin, among others, has collected over $224 million to prevent HIV/AIDS and further the search for a cure. Proceeds from MAC Viva Glam lipstick go toward the fight.
Now, Lauper is encouraging parents to share the lipstick — and the message — with their daughters, as HIV/AIDS is a disease that can impact anyone. “We have to communicate with our kids,” Lauper tells People. “Give your girls lipstick, and remind them that every time they put their M.A.C Viva Glam lipstick on and go out, to protect themselves.”
On World AIDS Day, Lauper worked at the LGBT Youth Center in NYC, giving at-risk teens goodie bags with MAC products as she discussed the AIDS epidemic. The at-risk youth hold a special place in Lauper’s heart. “A lot of people are feeling bad about themselves, and when you’re a teenager you’re self destructive,” she explains. “But what seems terrible now won’t be terrible 10 years down the line. It’s not as bleak as it looks. You’ll get through it. You are precious. Protect yourself.”
She spoke to the kids directly, warning them of the dangers of unprotected sex — stressing that half of new HIV infections appear in people under 24, and that bisexual and gay men are at risk for the virus as young as 13 years old. “”If you get yourself sick with AIDS, you’ll either be dead or living with AIDS,” she says. “It’s hard to go through life with a compromised immune system. AIDS is 100 percent preventable … but it’s 100 percent not curable.”