|I think I got too invested in Project Runway this year.|
When the winner was announced, I couldn't let it go.
I found myself reading about the final episode after I'd already watched it. Not just one article.
(If you don't have a TV or didn't watch Project Runway, the finale came down to two contestants - Mondo and Gretchen, and Gretchen won. )
Mondo's clothes were always bright and full of patterns -- self-assured and happy.
Gretchen's clothes were current, but they were also a little dreary and a lot brown. They looked like they were too cool to engage.
|I had a synthetic brown dress with a similar print in high school. If she is trotting out what I bought at Nordstrom in the 80s, not impressed.|
Okay, so the judges made a subjective decision. That's fine. It's a TV show. Moving on.
Realizing I was still upset about the fact that Mondo lost, I had to uncover why this had such a lasting effect.
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Mondo proved his badassness in a few ways over the season...
He revealed the secret he'd kept for 10 years, that he was HIV +...
|He designed this pattern to represent his history, and his HIV + status|
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It occurred to me that the qualities that Mondo exhibited are ways that I aspire to be more badass -- not falling prey to the crowd mentality, and expressing oneself authentically, even if it's risky.
Those qualities seem prizeworthy. But he didn't win.
I take solace in the fact that my extensive research found lots of other vehement Mondo fans. So maybe his prize is fierce fan loyalty and knowing that he's inspiring others.
But let's get back to the numbers (and a bit of cattiness):
Monda Guerra Facebook fans: 5,700
Gretchen Jones Facebook fans: 12