Drinking vodka cocktails, catching up with friends and seeing a bunch of buff guys parade around in skimpy swimwear is a nice way to spend a “school night” in New York – especially if it is for a good cause. Well, that’s what I did last Monday at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2017.
In its 14th edition, the annual fundraiser brought together fashion’s finest and male models (all shirtless) for the LGBT community. “Now more than ever is critical to support organizations that advance, educate, and care for our community,” said Jeffrey Kalinsky, founder of JFC.
It was so nice to see so many familiar faces like Eric Rutherford, Nick Wooster, Brad Goreski and Chad White. Hey! – even Anna Wintour showed up. Furthermore, to be present when Chris Salgardo, President of Kiehl’s Since 1851 was honored with the Jeffrey Fashion Cares Community Leadership Award for his longstanding dedication to HIV/AIDS awareness and research was very inspirational.
I’ve worked with the brand before and as I know Chris personally, I’ve seen how committed he is to raising awareness and advocating for equal rights. After almost tearing up while he was giving his speech it was time for the silent auction benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Lambda Legal.
One of the most coveted items was spending the day on set with tattooed hunk Diego Miguel. He encouraged the bidders by taking his shirt off! I would have bid but been there done that… (Click here to see why)
Shortly after, male super models stroll down the runway sporting the latest trends from designers like Thom Browne. That’s when it dawns on me… I should stop with the Netflix and pizza nights and start hitting the gym if I ever want a chance at being semi-hot. * eats donut while typing *
Not just a pretty face