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Kenneth Cole: 'Stigma is probably responsible for more people dying of AIDS than the virus itself'

Kenneth Cole was one of the first influential figures in the fashion industry to publicly support and promote AIDS awareness in the mid 1980s.

“Here we are 30 years after and stigma is probably responsible for more people dying of AIDS than the virus itself,” he said to Fusion in a recent interview in his New York City headquarters.

“I used to think that what you did was you worked hard, made a lot of money, and then you figured out how to give it back. But it’s just not that way today; today community engagement needs to be part of the journey.”

Kenneth Cole: 'Stigma is probably responsible for more people dying of AIDS than the virus itself'

Kenneth Cole was one of the first influential figures in the fashion industry to publicly support and promote AIDS awareness in the mid 1980s.

“Here we are 30 years after and stigma is probably responsible for more people dying of AIDS than the virus itself,” he said to Fusion in a recent interview in his New York City headquarters.

“I used to think that what you did was you worked hard, made a lot of money, and then you figured out how to give it back. But it’s just not that way today; today community engagement needs to be part of the journey.”

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