Since the beginning of Project Runway Season 8, Mondo Guerra has been our favorite contestant here at Sew News, and not just because he is our very own Denver hometown hero! Here I am with him, having tons of fun at the Beauty Bar Denver viewing party for Episode 3:
Now Mondo’s making history, having handily won three consecutive challenges including last night’s–a PR first! His amazing ability to mix colors, prints and fabrics in riotously beautiful way, in combination with his obviously excellent sewing chops, made him stand out very early in the game. Last night’s episode definitely showcased that, but also brought to light Mondo’s courageous spirit, as he revealed the long-held secret of his HIV-positive status through the plus-sign motif in his winning fabric print:
Mondo’s Winning Ensemble. Check out the impeccably matched print along the center-front seam! Photo courtesy of mylifetime.com.
I actually had the pleasure of watching the episode in the company of hundreds of Denver PR fanatics–not to mention the winner himself–as Mondo and fellow PR competitor Michael C. hosted a fabulous viewing party and auction at Beauty Bar to benefit the Colorado AIDS Project and Rainbow Alley. There was not a dry eye in the house as Mondo’s victory was announced, and the collective feeling of love, support and joy throughout the room was truly amazing. No matter the final outcome of the show, Mondo has already touched countless lives through his bravery and ability to turn something so potentially devastating into something so inspiring and life-affirming. Stay tuned for tons of pictures and video clips of the event, as well as an exclusive Q&A with Mondo!