Earvin “Magic” Johnson struck a pose for a good cause at Saturday night’s annual AIDS fashion show fund-raiser, Macy’s-American Express Passport.
But before strutting his stuff on the catwalk inside Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar, Johnson said, “I am here because the numbers of people affected by HIV and AIDS, especially in the African-American community, have not gone down.”
A Passport chairman for four years, Johnson hopes to “stop the discrimination against people who have HIV and AIDS.”
Also dedicated to fighting the disease is event co-chair Cindy Crawford. “The fashion industry has been greatly affected by AIDS,” she told Daily Variety. “I’ve lost a lot of friends to the disease.”
And as a new mom, Crawford said, “I appreciate health more … I’m thankful that I have a healthy child, but I want that for all children.”
Joe Boxer founder Nicholas Graham jumped at the chance to display his wares for charity because “(Passport’s) ability to raise money for AIDS is fantastic … it’s the No. 1 fundraiser for AIDS on the West Coast.” And besides, “I got to put on clean underwear for the night … that’s the best part,” he quipped.
Macy’s and American Express Passport ’99, sponsored by 24 Hour Fitness and founded in 1988 by Elizabeth Taylor, expects to pull in $2 million this year to disburse among 40 AIDS-related charities, including AIDS Services Foundation for Orange County, the UCLA AIDS Institute and Project Angel Food.