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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Celebrities Bones for charity

The Daily News got an exclusive sneak peek of the tarted-up skeletons, which will be unveiled Wednesday night — and on display for the public starting June 2.

Among the stars helping with Mr. Bones’ new looks are funnyman Zach Galifianakis and “Top Chef” queen Padma Lakshmi. Under its charity arm, Kiehl’s Gives, the East Village skin-care brand is donating $200,000 to causes chosen by the famous names.

Each celebrity was shipped a blank set of bones three months ago and given free reign over the design.

Some, like fashion photographer Terry Richardson and Bronx-based muralists TATS Cru, worked on the skeletons by themselves. Singer Alicia Keys and chef David Chang partnered with an artist.

Mr. Bones has now gotten tattooed, crocheted over and even set on fire: Artist Timothy White burned up his skeleton and photographed it in flames.

Keys’ Bones, painted black and covered in an intricate metallic gray print, was created by an artist known simply as “Jonah.”

“It's all hand-drawn, and hand-done, and he has a graffiti-esque style to him, and anybody who knows me knows Im from New York, so thats a part of who I am,” she says.

“I wanted him to put really powerful words on there, like love and soul and freedom, you know, things that really can empower us and ignite us, and lift us up.”

Her charity of choice, Keep a Child Alive, provides medicine to low-income children and families in Africa and India who have AIDS.

“It just seems so unfair that you wouldnt be able to have the opportunity to live because you dont have the money to afford to pay for it,” says Keys.

For Lakshmi, her support for the Endometriosis Foundation of America comes from a personal struggle.

The “Top Chef” host suffered years of debilitating pain before she was diagnosed with the disease in her 30s.

To highlight her culinary background, Lakshmi decorated her “Mrs. Bones” with food products — fashioning a crown out of empty mussel shells and stringing together dried chilies to make strands of hair. The skeleton’s olive-colored maxi dress is from Lakshmi’s own wardrobe.

Galifianakis also used personal memorabilia on his skeleton. “The Hangover” star’s Mr. Bones is covered in old stamps collected during his travels.

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