Fashion Designer Mondo Guerra: Openly HIV-Positive and Dining Out for Life


In this episode I welcome Mondo Guerra. And I also interview a couple of fabulous individuals helping to champion Dining Out For Life®. I've interviewed Mondo a few times, and in this interview, I ask him about what it was like for him when he was the only person in the world who knew he might be HIV positive, and how he confronted the fear, got tested and went on to live so powerfully in a way that is benefiting us all.

Dining Out For Life® takes place on different dates in different cities, but it most cities in 2015, the national date is April 30th. The event benefits 60 HIV/AIDS service organizations; 3,000 restaurants are donating a percentage of sales; 300,000 people are dining out for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and $4 million is raised each year for outstanding HIV/AIDS organizations in the US and Canada!


As organizers say:

Grab your family and friends (classmates, co-workers, yoga instructor, etc.) and make plans to dine out for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at a participating restaurant in a city near you.

And as Mondo's official bio reads:

Mondo Guerra is a designer and social influencer whose innovative style and bold prints have caught the fashion world's imagination, while his truth and courage captured the hearts of fans around the world when he first revealed his HIV+ status on Project Runway (Season 8). He later went on to win the debut season of Project Runway All Stars and became an audience favorite as a mentor on Lifetime's spinoff series, Under The Gunn. Mondo's creative designs can be purchased as a variety of original products (from See Eyewear to Crocs footwear), and his signature collections are available on

Mondo's visual aesthetics often carry a social message that intersects his art with his advocacy. The Denver-born artist was commissioned to create a custom World AIDS Day design for the 2015 Subaru Legacy that was revealed during Art Basel, Miami and is a spokesperson for Merck's iDesign HIV/AIDS educational initiative. In 2013, Guerra became a national spokesperson for Dining Out For Life, an annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser hosted by Subaru. Mondo is currently focused on the development of multimedia content and continues to create modern designs that blend his fashion and social consciousness.

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