Janet Jackson's star power helped raise more than $1 million USD for HIV/AIDS research at last night's amFar Milano, the charity gala in Milan that fused fashion, entertainment and activism to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research. The event was part of Milan Fashion Week.
Jackson encouraged everyone to be "brave warriors" in the fight against HIV/AIDS: "I'd just like to thank everyone here in the global fashion community who've done so much to help amfAR and to support HIV/AIDS research. When this terrible pandemic began everyone who was infected died of AIDS. Today with your help millions of people are living with HIV."
Jackson died June 25 at aged 50.
The Grammy Award-winning singer spoke to an audience that included Donatella Versace, Linda Evangelista, Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared, Dita von Teese and Rachel Bilson. Kanye West, apparently ending his nano-second self-imposed exile, was present with "girlfriend" Amber Rose.
Janet was absolutely brilliant in the midnight blue Versace evening gown. The plunging neckline and the big hair were an added bit of retro sex kitten glam. More photos and watch the red carpet arrivals, ON THE JUMP. Enjoy.