Many of you may remember Jack Mackenroth from the fourth season of the hit show Project Runway. Despite him being an early favorite and had a stellar win the men’s wear competition, Jack withdrew from the competition due to a serious MRSA staph infection. Jack was also the show’s first openly HIV-infected contestant in the show’s history at the time. In fall of 2008, Mackenroth revealed a costume-designed wedding gown crafted entirely out of condoms as a reminder to practice safe-sex. This task was a tricky one for Jack as he is allergic to latex.
Aside from being a designer, Jack is also and avid swimmer and model. In fact, Jack competed in the Gay Games back in 1990 without a team, but won bronze in the 50-meter breaststroke. He has won at least one gold medal in every one of the international competitions since. In 2006, his relay team set the national record at the Gay Games and his mother was there to watch.
Now, Jack is considered to be one of the many modern faces of HIV/AIDS today and is ready to help raise more awareness with his new Calendar For The Cure. 100-percent of the proceeds from the calendar will go directly to amfAR, The American Foundation for AIDS Research (www.amfar.org) to help find a cure for AIDS, a disease Jack has faced for 22 years. Many photographers took part in the project including Adam Bouska from the NOH8 project. The calendar begins in January 2012 and continues through May 2013. Each month features a different photographer with a very different style for a total of 17 breathtaking images. Check out a few of the selections below.