Dita Von Teese

wants peo­ple to be aware of ‘stag­ger­ing HIV sta­tis­tics’

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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