Dita Von Teese
wants people to be aware of ‘staggering HIV statistics’
The 44-year-old burlesque dancer has been working closely with amfAR the Foundation for AIDS Research for their ‘The Time Is Now’ project, in which she leant her voice to the Boy George hit ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?’ alongside singer-songwriter Sebastian Tellier. She said of her work with amfAR: “During my two years of service with [amfAR], I learned a lot about the staggering statistics of young people becoming infected with HIV. It’s an important cause to me because I think that there are more and more young people that aren’t concerned about this disease, while the facts show that we should be.” The project is a compilation album of 1980s hits, which was created to benefit the foundation and its research. The 14 track album includes performances from artists such as DNCE, Phantogram, and even Scarlett Johansson under her band Sugar for Sugar. Whilst Dita is quick to claim she’s “not a singer”, she says she still wanted to to get involved with the project because she wants “to be of service” to the foundation.