project runway: is it possible? i ♥ mondo even more…

i’ve loved little mondo since the beginning and this week’s episode only made my heart swell more. the tears were flowin’ as i watched the bravery, class and thoughtfulness of mondo and the support of the designers and judges for this brilliant young designer. it was only after nina really pressed him, that he explained his very personal inspiration – that he had been HIV positive for 10 years and that no one in his family knew.  he came close to telling his mom when she came to visit, but didn’t want to ruin her first trip to nyc…and i got all choked up again…

but after my face dried, i remained sad that so many of our lgbt community even have to struggle with these decisions. that so many have to live alone or die alone because society makes them feel ashamed, embarrassed or shameful just for being themselves…just for being human. so as my heart swelled for mondo, my heart broke for the five teens who committed suicide this week because of cyberbully assholes.

ellen weighed in on the tragic loss:

“This needs to be a wake up call to everyone that teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country and the death rate is climbing,” she said.

“One life lost in this senseless way is tragic. Four lives lost is a crisis. And these are just the stories we hear about.

“How many other teens have we lost? How many others are suffering in silence? Being a teenager and figuring out who you are is hard enough without someone attacking you.

“My heart is breaking for their families, for their friends and for our society that continues to let this happen.”

the trevor project is a valuable resource for those in trouble who need to speak with someone. but who’s going to talk to those who think it’s okay to invade the privacy of others and mock and harrass?

mondo is facing his future by embracing life and hoping that designs like this – bold, chic, youthful and inspiring – will help and inspire others…i know it did for me – as soon as i get on my feet financially, i will be sure to support the trevor project and no on h8.

the episode ended with even more tears as valerie went around the room and told each designer how they had touched her life. i have to say, the new 90 minute format has definitely allowed us more insight into the personalities and at least this time, it was totally worth it.

viva mondo!

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3 responses to “project runway: is it possible? i ♥ mondo even more…

  1. sophie

    It’s a sad state of affairs, this bullying. My daughter was bullied by a clique of 20 girls in middle school. After a full day of making her miserable in school, they followed her home every day taunting her. The school would do nothing about it, nor would they allow me to know the names of the parents of the girls. Their families had to be protected against accusations the school could not substantiate because the majority of the bullying took place off of school grounds.

    After two years of abuse, my daughter had had enough and tripped one of her abusers. This girl had tripped her dozens of times. But it was my daughter who was suspended, due to the girls friends being ‘witnesses’ although they were not in fact present when this happened.

    This sends an important message to students who live to make others miserable: The school will look the other way when it comes to bullying; but will certainly punish the victims when they finally defend themselves. What better method of torture than to push a student to either retaliate and be punished, or take the ultimate action of killing themselves to make it end.

    The bully wins every time.

    Mondo is fabulous, by the way. I hope he takes the whole thing home this season.

    • oh sophie,

      i am sorry to hear this story about your daughter. 20 girls? and the school did nothing?!? ridiculous and heart-breaking. i remember some cruel moments in junior high and high school, but nothing as vicious and horrible as the crap that is going on today…i think the anonymity of facebook and twitter certainly has escalated things. i know this wasn’t the same in your daughter’s case, but the inaction and apathy of the school absolutely sent the message that what these girls were doing was “okay”. and that bully behavior leads to adults with a sense of self importance and the deterioration of our society as a whole…

      i thank you so much for sharing your story and i truly hope your daughter is doing better.


  2. Don’t you just love little Mondo? He’s such a cutie. I just want to scoop him up. And I love his style, both in design and personal attire.

    That episode was a tear-jerker for sure. I’m looking forward to this week’s cheating scandal. Da duh dum.

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

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