Grimes is using her Dune-inspired 2021 Met Gala look to help others.
The musician announced via Instagram that she is auctioning off her metallic face mask and earrings from the event to “raise money to help get BIPOC families out of Ukraine since they’re having trouble exiting at the border.”
She noted that Be Nice Los Angeles and HVW8 Gallery are exhibiting several pieces from 50 artists at their auction, Resistance for Ukraine, in an “aim to support Emergency Response & BIPOC families (black, indigenous, and people of color) in and out of Ukraine.”
“Each piece offers a unique interpretation of the theme ‘resistance,'” Grimes wrote.
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The auction will take place online, via Artsy, and all proceeds will go to Diaspora Relief and Razom, two groups that provide food, shelter, and evacuation support to those in need.
Grimes’s chromed-out Met Gala mask, by Chris Habana, is valued at $1,200. The current bid sits at $700.
Grimes’s move to help people of color evacuate Ukraine comes as the country continues to fight for the freedom and lives of its people amid Russia’s ongoing attacks.
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Last month, the United Nations recorded 2,729 civilian deaths among Ukrainians, though the numbers are expected to be much higher. Also, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy told CNN that officials believe about 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the start of the war in February.
And in March, NATO estimated that 7,000 to 15,000 Russian troops have lost their lives in battle, per The Associated Press.
Amid all the chaos, Black and South Asian refugees, as well as others of foreign descent, have reported cases of discrimination as they try to cross the Ukrainian border.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.
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