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Queer Money

Oct 8, 2019

“It’s not that I’m better than anyone, but no one’s better than me.”

Growing up as the son of Italian immigrants in the Deep South during the Civil Rights movement wasn’t easy. And being gay didn’t make it any easier. But rather than taking on limiting beliefs, Bernardo Puccio eliminated the word CAN’T from his vocabulary and started visualizing the life he wanted.

Bernardo became a world-renowned interior designer with a distinguished career spanning 50-plus years. After growing up in the segregated South where being gay was dangerous, he moved to California to pursue a glamorous life inhabited by the Hollywood elite. Bernardo was designer to (and friends with) stars like Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor and Telly Savalas. He and his partner of 32 years, Orin Kennedy, are the subject of the award-winning documentary, An Ordinary Couple, and Bernardo recently completed the memoir of his extraordinary life, 13 Pieces of Unmatched Luggage and My Poodle.

On this episode of Queer Money, Bernardo joins us to share his experience growing up gay in Alabama in the 1950’s. He walks us through his path to becoming an interior designer and describes how visualization helped him create the career and life he wanted—in Beverly Hills. Listen in for Bernardo’s insight around what propelled him to the top of his field and get inspired to believe that you, too, CAN live the life of your dreams!