Lil' Kim, Blige Help Set Fund-Raising Record For AIDS Charity

The rapper and R&B singer, as lipstick spokeswomen, help M.A.C. AIDS Fund rake in $4 million, most raised in a single year.

Rapper Lil' Kim raised eyebrows in the revealing dress she wore to MTV's Video Music Awards a couple years ago, but it's her lipstick that's providing the most pick-me-up these days.

Kim and R&B singer Mary J. Blige — as spokeswomen for M.A.C. Cosmetics' Viva Glam III plum-brown lipstick — have helped the M.A.C. AIDS Fund raise $4 million for people with HIV and AIDS.

The $4 million is the most the fund has made in one year and pushed its total earnings since its inception in 1994 to almost $20 million, M.A.C. President John Demsey told the Associated Press.

Kim and Blige have signed on for the next phase of the fund-raising campaign and will again star in Viva Glam III's advertisements, which will appear in store windows in April.

The M.A.C. AIDS Fund supports more than 400 AIDS-related organizations.

Blige was honored Tuesday night, along with Carlos Santana, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and MTV's Judy McGrath, with a Rock the Vote Patrick Lippert Award for her activist efforts (see [article id="1439617"]"Santana, Blige Offer Inspiration At Lippert Ceremony"[/article]).