The CFDA commissioned Academy Award-winning director Fisher Stevens to shoot a short film highlighting the passion behind Kenneth’s belief that everyone can LOOK GOOD, FOR GOOD. The film, produced by N+N Films, played at this year’s CFDA Fashion Awards right before Kenneth received the Swarovski Award for Positive Change to recognize his social advocacy and humanitarian work over the last 30+ years.
Here’s a brief history of some of that work:
In 1985, with the help of renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz and many of the top fashion models in the world, Kenneth launched the first AIDS public service campaign. He then joined amfAR’s board of directors in 1987, became vice chairman in 2001 and chairman of the board on World AIDS Day in 2004.
A year later, Kenneth designed and coordinated a global campaign with a coalition of many of the world’s most devoted and celebrated AIDS activists to once again address the global affect of stigma. On World AIDS Day in 2005, they launched the largest and furthest reaching campaign to date entitled: We All Have AIDS. The campaign is one of the most formidable AIDS initiatives in the history of the disease viewed by an estimated billion people.
Under his leadership, amfAR has been instrumental in significant breakthroughs in AIDS research, treatment, and prevention for the betterment of millions globally, and he remains committed to MAKING AIDS HISTORY.
Recently, due to his tireless advocacy, Kenneth was appointed as a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He is the only American to receive this honor, and the important role will provide an even larger stage for Kenneth to make an impact in the fight against HIV/AIDS at this crucial time.