21 Fab Facts About Queer Eye’s Fab 5, Yass Queen!
One of the biggest success stories in the world of entertainment for 2018 is the relaunch of the “Queer Eye.” The iconic reality show features five gay men giving life and style advice to individuals who might have forgotten to pamper themselves. Instead of focusing only on straight male contestants like the 2000s iteration, Netflix’s “Queer Eye” has had gay men, transgender men and women among its participants.
The shows stars Antoni Porowski (food and wine expert), Tan France (fashion expert), Karamo Brown (culture expert), Bobby Berk (design expert) and Jonathan Van Ness (grooming expert) quickly became social media celebrities and pop culture icons. Their candor and genuine care for the participants translated into a worldwide audience. The casting crew have also been more inclusive than the original show. A black man and a Pakistani are the two people in color in the team, but participants have included all sorts of ethnicities, including a cute Mexican dadbod dude.
Here’s 21 amazing facts about our fave TV quintet.
1. Karamo Brown has Caribbean blood: viva Cuba!
Brown is one of our favorites. His casting upped the inclusivity quota of the show by 100 percent. He is proud of his heritage: his parents are Jamaican, but his father is actually half Cuban.
2. Brown also founded 6in10.org, an NGO that supports the fight against HIV stigma in the black LGBT community
Brown puts his actions where his words are. He not only provides advice and compassion to the participants in the show, he extends that to his personal life and his advocacy efforts. Good on him! With so much on we wonder how Karamo doesn’t struggs to func!
3. Brown is engaged to Ian Jordan, a TV producer
And by the looks of it they are good friends with Ultra Latina Queen Jennifer Lopez herself! Dream BFFs! Basically the guests one would have in a dream dinner party. Shamazing!
4. Talking about hubbies, Tan France is married to illustrator Rob France
Who drew this amazing illustration of Tan. Gorge!
5. France did a cameo in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Tan France played Fett Regoso, a fashionista inspired by real-life mogul Calvin Klein. French tucks are world famous now thanks to Tan!
6. France had to overcome a discriminatory culture
Tan grew up in a Pakistani family in the United Kingdom. Homosexuality was frowned upon in his cultural environment, which makes it even more impressive how he stands up for who he is.
7. Antoni Porowski grew up trilingual
He was born in Montreal from Polish parents, so he grew up speaking English, Polish and Quebec French. Very impressive. He is the whole package it seems (even though his cooking skills are a bit limited, tbh).
8. Porowski walked the Pride March with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Antoni has become one of the most visible queer figures in Canada. Here you can see him with awesome PM Justin Trudeau, who is famous for being one of the most inclusive statesmen today. You gotta keep on serving you realness!
9. And he is a psychologist!
Yes, he finished a degree in psychology at the prestigious Concordia University in his native Montreal. We could echar el chal with him anytime!
10. Interior designer Bobby Berk has un chingo of interior beauty
Berk had to fight his religious upbringing to come out and be true to himself. He knows what it is like to suffer and so he supports those in need and supports issues such as immigrant rights.
11. Berk left home at just 15 and really struggled
He slept on cars, worked as many shifts as he could and was homeless. He could not bear to remain caged in conservatism and fought for his true self.
12. Jonathan Van Ness was the first male cheerleader in his high school
He is slim, he is fast, he is flexible, he is fabulous! Zhuzh it up, gorg prince!
13. Van Ness was nominated for an Emmy…
For his satire show “Gay of Thrones,” a recap show for the epic HBO extravaganza “Game of Thrones.” In this show, JVN would be hilarious in dissecting the intrigues of Westeros. Yass!
14. You can listen to JVN on his podcast “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness.”
It is funny, quirky and provides some serious life and beaut advice. A escucharlo, chiquitines!
15. Tom Jackson, the dude from “You Can’t Fix Ugly,” got married!
Yes, the adorable older gentleman from the Season 1 Episode 1 eloped and got married to the love of his life, Abby! AW, QUE ROMANTICO!
16. “AJ” Brown embraced his gay and got engaged!
“To Gay or not Too Gay” was one of the most heartbreaking and heartwarming episodes of Season 1. In it, DJ, a lovely black gay man, struggled to come out of the closet to his family and friends. The Fab 5 were key in this transformative event. So much, that now he is engaged to his boyfriend Andre.
17. The show inspired the awesome “queer eye out of context” Twitter account. Do yourself a favor and follow it like, yesterday
This account has almost 100,000 followers and posts screen grabs from the show. Hilarity ensues as the captions make for some amazing comedy. Follow it on @queereyecontext
18. Nailed it, queen! You can’t miss this crossover!
Besides “Queer Eye,” Netflix launched another cult reality show in 2018, “Nailed It!,” where contestants make fools of themselves recreating elaborate baked goods without previous experience in the dark arts of desert-making. There is one crossover episode that you just can’t miss! Does Antoni really know how to cook?
19. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship
The Fab Five go well beyond their duty and sometimes keep in touch with contestants. After all, they have a huge responsibility for changing these people’s lives! Bobby has remained a close friend with Skyler Jay, the trans man from Season 2. Perhaps their struggles to be themselves were similar and they find solace in each other’s experiences.
20. Porowski is working in two movies with James Franco. Dreamboats!
Porowski has the looks of a matinee idol and no one can deny it. He has caught the eye of Hollywood power players, including James Franco, a queer icon in his own right. You will be able to see them side by side in “Blood Surf,” a horror flick that will be released in 2019. They will also appear together in “The Pretenders.”
21. JVN, France and Porowski are BFFs with Justin Theroux
That’s right, the actor, director and Jennifer Aniston’s ex is mates with three of the Fab Five. And we can see why: they are all as cool as F. We can only dream how fun and enlightening hanging out with these four would be!