We thought it was odd when Ja Rule and Trevor DeHaas were selling off the iconic cheese sandwich Tweet from Fyre Festival. But now, model and actress Cara Delevingne —who is one of the confirmed guest stars for the up-and-coming Friends reunion — has teamed up with an artist named Chemical X to create an NFT about her vagina.
“My first word was ‘mine.’ To me, that means something that is most mine — my vagina,” the Suicide Squad star recites.
“I own it. It’s mine and no one else’s. I choose what I do with it. And no one can take that away from me.”
If you’re thinking this is pretty out there, even for the ever-bizarre world of NFTs, the proceeds from the sale of this one-of-a-kind creation will go directly to Delevingne’s foundation which supports women’s empowerment, COVID relief, LGBTQIA+ organisations, environmental causes, and fighting institutionalised racism.
The auction is now live here and will continue for one week.
NFTs have been steadily growing in popularity — and value — of late. Essentially, an NFT is the digital certificate of authenticity that proves that a certain “thing” — be it a Tweet, meme, or digital artwork — is the original version and assigns value to that same thing. Each digital asset, which is unique and not interchangeable, is entered onto a blockchain so that a record can be kept of who owned or authored the original meaning so that each time the asset is sold on, they can continue to make a profit.
In April 2021, the famous “Disaster Girl” meme sold as an NFT for AUD$ $643,000, while the first Tweet ever posted by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sold for USD $2.9 million in March 2021.
Worth noting is the fact that Delevigne’s NFT collaboration with Chemical X is built on Bitcoin, instead of Ethereuem, with the actress assuring potential bidders that no new energy was used to create them.
On the This Is #1 website, the environmental commitment of Chemical X is explained in a blurb reading, “The focus on NFTs as a destructor of the planet is reductive and misleading. However, we all have a responsibility to make sure what we do is as sustainable as possible.
“This doesn’t mean greenwashing our sins away in meaningless PR exercises either. We work with Stacks because what we are effectively doing is adding utility to the energy that has already been expended mining Bitcoin. Repurposing this energy and adding value to the reason for mining it in the first place.”
The anonymous artist is not the only one to express concern over the impact of cryptocurrency on the planet, with billionaire Elon Musk recently announcing that Tesla would no longer accept Bitcoin, due to the “rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for bitcoin mining and transactions.”
His announcement immediately led to Bitcoin plummeting from $54,500 to $52,000.