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Ev­ery so often, a TV show comes along that is way more than a pop­u­lar hit and more of a cul­tural phe­nom­e­non. The most re­cent ex­am­ple is the Net­flix se­ries Queer Eye. Yes, it’s a re­make of the early noughties makeover show, where five gay men over­haul the wardrobes and homes of hap­less straight men, but the 2018 ver­sion has so much more heart and depth. I will ad­mit to hav­ing cried – big, fat tears and rack­ing sobs – dur­ing ev­ery episode be­cause there’s some­thing in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful at play here. I’d go so far as to say that Queer Eye is do­ing some ground­break­ing work for men ev­ery­where. In ev­ery show I’ve wit­nessed hith­erto lost men, crip­pled by self-es­teem is­sues, be­ing re­leased from a vir­tual prison of toxic mas­culin­ity. And the results are in­cred­i­ble. The show has re­ally made me won­der: how many men are ex­ist­ing in­side gruff, hy­per-ma­cho shells, liv­ing lesser ver­sions of them­selves, for fear of be­ing ridiculed about show­ing emo­tion, or just want­ing a nice haircut?

Af­ter binge-watch­ing the first se­ries, I cheek­ily tweeted the in­te­ri­ors ex­pert Bobby Berk, and asked him to give me a quote for a bath­room re­furb. I was shocked to get a re­ply: ‘I’m sure we can work some­thing out!’ I was more ex­cited than if Bey­oncé had agreed to swing by my house and sing ‘Happy Birth­day’. Any time you want to dis­cuss mood­boards, Bobby, I’m there…

While many of you will al­ready be fel­low fans of the show, I’m still meet­ing peo­ple who don’t know it. And now that, thrillingly, the sec­ond se­ries is out, it seems the per­fect ex­cuse for me to wax lyri­cal about it and also to pro­file the ‘Fab Five’. As our in­ter­views show, off-cam­era they’re every­thing like you’d hope them to be.

I hope you en­joy read­ing it and every­thing else in an­other packed is­sue of YOU.


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