Queer Eye spreads the love

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page - Holly Byrnes

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.”

QUEER EYE

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