'Project Runway's' Mondo Guerra Reveals He's HIV Positive

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On last week’s emotional episode of Project Runway, contestants were asked to create print fabric inspired by their past. The winning design belonged to contestant Mondo Guerra, who created a bright and bold fashion-forward outfit that represented his Positive HIV status—which he had been hiding from his family for 10 years. “I feel a lot better. I feel free,” said Guerra, after sharing his long kept secret with the world.

The 32-year-old season 8 cast member broke the news to his strictly religious family only five days before the show aired. Thankfully, his family was vey supportive and very proud of their son.

Guerra is one of the superstars of Project Runway's 8th season and has three consecutive wins.

Project Runway airs tonight at 9 pm et/pt on Lifetime.


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A  writer and editor with expertise in fashion and lifestyle coverage, Verky Baldonado is currently Latina magazine's Fashion Director. Baldonado has written Latin-inspired travel and food related content and has contributed to celebrity Q&As, red carpet video interviews, and the annual “Reasons to Love Being Latina” feature. Verky is U.S.-born and of Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican descent who speaks and writes fluent Spanish. Prior to Latina, Verky worked as a photo shoot coordinator at Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group. Verky holds a B.A. in Communications Arts from Montclair State University and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

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