Plotted somewhere ambiguously between America's Next Top Model and Intervention, Project Runway strikes that balance between frothy fashion competition and human interest docu-series. Throngs of designers have passed through the show toting along their baggage full of struggles. We know because the runway's consistently been a water-slide of tears, and not only over bad designs.
But what set Mondo apart last night was that he decided his baggage would grow some wheels and get to work. Backstage, he told the designers he hoped his announcement would help and inspire others to be open with their positive status. If Ongina's similar declaration on RuPaul's Drag Race is any indication of success, then we'd bet Mondo's courage and compassion won't go to waste.
The next big revelation we're hoping to hear about Mondo is -- get ready for it -- that he's this season's winner. We've peaked and the New York Fashion Week photos. It's definitely a possibility.
-- PHILLIP B. CROOK
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