Queer Eye spreads the love
QUEER Eye was once a feel-good style story for just fashion- challenged straight guys.
Now, the new Netflix series has rejuvenated the makeover show and is spreading the joy, with the result arguably the happiest TV of 2018.
And as the new ‘ Fab 5’ – Tan France (fashion), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming), Bobby Berk (interior design), Karamo Brown (culture) and Antoni Porowski (food and wine) – have discovered, the love they’ve shown on season one has been overwhelmingly returned by the audience.
“The fact we are going immediately back [into production] allows us to feel direct encouragement knowing that we are impacting a community,” France tells TV Guide.
“I got emails from people all over the world, that I wasn’t expecting, from Pakistan, the Middle East and Asia. It was wonderful to feel those connections and support from all over the world.”
It’s not just QE’s presenters who have been embraced by viewers, with those on the receiving end of “makebetters” now social media sensations.
The star of episode one, Tom Jackson has been on an emotional roller- coaster since appearing on the show, using his intervention as the catalyst to reunite, break-up and then propose to his ex-wife and true love, Abby.
It’s the second engagement, with A. J, who came out to his step mum in another episode, confirming recently he and boyfriend Drey are preparing to marry.
Brown says the show aims to leave a lasting impression beyond the superficial.
“I do hope that people are entertained but I also hope that people see that we are aiming to not just make people look pretty but that we help to make the heroes the best version of themselves,” he says.
“We also hope that by doing this the heroes take away some of the life lessons and pass them on to their families and friends.”
The bond between the ‘ Fab 5’ is also a TV marriage worth celebrating.
“We Facetime each other about eight times a day,” Van Ness ( below) says. “We have all had such great bonding experience with this show. We are really different guys, but we have found a common bond over this incredible show.”
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