Miley Cyrus, Marc Jacobs and Artist Marilyn Minter Join Forces to Raise Money for Planned Parenthood
Minter opened up about women's rights and Donald Trump at Sunday's launch of her MileyxMarilyn project at Bookmarc in West Hollywood.
“You know what just happened in Oklahoma, don’t you?” said artist Marilyn Minter of the recent events in the state, where the House and Senate passed a bill — vetoed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin — that would criminalize abortion, making it a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. “Where am I, in 1959? It’s a wake-up call.”
The New York City painter and photographer, known for her commentary on our cultural relationship with the female body, was in town Sunday afternoon inside Bookmarc in West Hollywood for a signing and unveiling of her latest collaboration, a “project of love,” as she described it, with pop star Miley Cyrus and designer Marc Jacobs: two limited edition T-shirts ($50 each) with all net proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood.
“I knew she was an activist,” said Minter of Cyrus, who presented the artist with Planned Parenthood’s Woman of Valor award last month. “Miley just has a huge following and is the perfect candidate to get the word out. And I love how the T-shirts came out. I love Marc Jacobs.”
Minter initially reached out to Cyrus to pose for a photography session, released last month through Artsy, to support Planned Parenthood of New York City. The T-shirts, titled “Miley hearts Planned Parenthood” and “Pro-Choice Miley” and featuring Cyrus behind steamy mist, are outtakes from the shoot.
“But, it’s not about me, it’s not about Marc, it’s not about Miley,” said Minter, who helped collect over $2 million last year for the nonprofit, alongside fellow artists Laurie Simmons and Cindy Sherman at the Choice Works auction at Sotheby’s. “It’s about raising money.”
In the midst of a heated presidential race, what does the vocal activist think of the way the issue of reproductive rights has been discussed?
“Planned Parenthood is being mentioned by the Republican Party more than ISIS,” said Minter. And what would she say to someone like Donald Trump? “I think Trump is insane. I don’t think you could have a normal conversation or even convince him. I think the ego is just about Trump. It’s not about the issues at all.”
Throughout the afternoon, Minter continued signing T-shirts and mingling with a room full of admirers, who sipped champagne as they browsed the bookstore, flipping through her latest release, Pretty/Dirty. “I’m happy to be here,” she said. “Making money for [Planned Parenthood], helping to serve young people and underserved communities.”
The T-shirts are available now at Marc Jacobs stores and online at marcjacobs.com. Marilyn Minter’s retrospective “Pretty/Dirty” can be viewed at the Orange County Museum of Art through July 10.