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Watch a shirtless Jack Mackenroth pay homage to Craigery Morgan's "Surprise Party," with his video for "Valley Girl" - a song originally released by Frank and Moon Unit Zappa in 1982. Funny to the max!
Fashion designer, model, and former Project Runway contestant Jack Makenroth shows off his Baskit (baskitwear.com) in the brand's new collections for 2011 including deLuxe, Energy and Outlines. I have to say Jake fills his Baskit quite nicely. Check out 5 MORE PIX on the next page. You'll be glad you did!
Jack is currently producing a web series called The Queens of Drag: NYC which will launch on Gay.com in September. He is also working on 2 other TV projects and writing his memoir which will be out this Christmas. You can find more information about him at Jackmackenroth.com and follow him on Twitter.
Popular Reality TV star Jack Mackenroth is supporting Housing Works and joining this year's Fashion For Action charity benefit as an Honorary Committee member and guest.
Co-chaired by Derek Lam and sponsored by Essence Magazine, Fashion for Action is a four-day charitable fashion event, silent auction and sample sale that raises funds for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS.
Fashion for Action kicks off at 6pm on November 19, 2009 with an opening-night preview shopping event at the Rubin Museum of Art and continues with a sample sale on November 20 – 22 at the Housing Works Thrift Shop in Chelsea. All proceeds will benefit Housing Works’ network of health centers – located throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn – that offer HIV specialty care to homeless, formerly homeless, and low-income men and women living with HIV and AIDS.
"Being invited to become a part of the Fashion for Action charity event is like being asked to save someone's life," says Mackenroth. "Because of that, I'm happy to do all that I can to help bring awareness to Housing Works and to all the work that they do for those in need. Having been HIV-positive for 20 years, it brings me comfort in knowing that there are resources out there for people who are less fortunate than me and who require assistance in fighting this disease. I encourage everyone to go to the 17th Street Housing Works location in Chelsea to look through and purchase the sample sale items in an effort to support the organization."
Over 150 top designers have donated $1 million worth of merchandise that will be sold at 50 to 70 percent off retail prices. New participating designers and brands include Acne, Band of Outsiders, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld. Returning supporters include Bloomingdale’s, Diesel, DKNY Jeans and Polo Ralph Lauren.
Jack Mackenroth is not only a popular fashion designer and hot reality TV star, he's also a successful World Outgames 2009 swimming competitor, having taken home a staggering eight medals from this year's games held in in Copenhagen.
Jack took home two gold medals; one in the 50-meter freestyle with close to a personal best time of 26.63, and the second in a 4 x 50 freestyle relay. He also won silvers in the 50-meter breaststroke, the 100-meter freestyle, and the 4 x 50 and 4 x 100 medley relays. Additionally, he won two bronze medals in the 100-meter breaststroke and the 200-meter individual medley.
“I was really not expecting to win medals in all eight of my events,” said Mackenroth. “Needless to say, I’m ecstatic. However, it’s not just about winning medals. One of the most fun events was the Random Rainbow Relay where the meet organizers randomly picked swimmers from all different teams and we swam in a friendly relay with colored rainbow swim caps. It was a great way to meet swimmers from different countries.”
With over 900 swimmers competing, swimming is definitely the most popular sport. Several European National records were set during the course of the meet. The event was held in a 50-meter Olympic size pool, which is daunting to many Americans who are usually used to 25-yard pools. “I was most concerned about my first race, the 200-meter individual medley, because it was my longest distance and I have been out of the pool for two years since Project Runway. I’ve been lifting weights but it’s no substitute for endurance training. I only started training seriously in the pool about six weeks ago. So when I won a bronze medal I was shocked.”
Designing for a cause, reality TV star Jack Mackenroth, a leading contestant of season four of Project Runway, has signed on to design and dress a teddy bear in the likeness of Grammy Award-winning pop superstar Christina Aguilera for The Matthew Shepard Foundation's upcoming annual fundraiser.
"I’m happy to be a part of this amazing project, which will help bring more awareness to hate crimes that are committed against LGBT individuals in this country,” says Mackenroth, who recently finished shooting a new TV pilot with co-star Kevin Christiana. “We still don’t have equal protection under the law, but the Matthew Shepard Foundation is continuing to help change that.
The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year-old son, Matthew, who in 1998 was tortured and murdered in his home state of Wyoming because he was gay.