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Queer Eye’s Fab Five on how they are changing guys- one makeover at a time

As the Netflix reality show returns, its stars descend on the urban Australian town of Yass to record a mini episode and explain the secrets of their gigantic success

Jonathan Van Ness screams- and then starts crying. The Queer Eye wizard is sitting in a car on a cattle farm in the urban Australian city of Yass, New South Wales. As the snaps stream down his face, he begins filming himself on his phone.

” I only found out Michelle Kwan followed me on Instagram and lost my mind ,” he tells his adherents- close to a million of them on the social network, the latest of whom is the retired Olympian figure skater.

His co-star Karamo Brown daddies his head into frame:” Oh, Michelle ,” he coos, tenderly rubbing his friend’s forearm.” You induced our baby’s dream is true !”

The resulting post, which has had almost 1m vistums at the time of writing, is solid Queer Eye content, encapsulating not only what love of the reality show been fucking loving Van Ness( his inexhaustible extravagance ), but also the whole cast’s feelgood earnestness, the pleasure they take in each other and their eagerness to play up every charming moment and transport it directly to social media.

Van Ness( 31, the prepare expert ), Brown( 37, culture ), Antoni Porowski( 34, nutrient ), Bobby Berk( 36, designing) and Tan France( 35, fashion) are in Yass to film a mini webisode to promote the second series of Queer Eye, in which they make over a neighbourhood farmer, George, and a pub. The spot was selected thanks to the pun: as Van Ness justifies to the taciturn George: “‘ Yas queen’ is a major motto for the homosexuals and the brunch-going ladies of the world .”

Grooming
Getting up close and personal … grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness and mode guru Tan France. Photograph: Carly Earl/ The Guardian

As the 12 -hour shoot undoes, it becomes clear that the pleasure they take in each other’s company- expressed through constant contact, laughing meets and flatteries- is very real. After they met at auditions, the myth starts, they started a group chat titled “Fab Five” before they even knew the selection board had acquired it through.

Berk and Brown are the fathers of different groups, loading everyone’s luggage into the van, negotiating with producers, checking on belongings and ironing out the sequencing of backgrounds throughout the day. France, Porowski and Van Ness appears to have the most enjoyable, slathering one another in insinuation and captivating everything on their phones.( A few weeks later, they run through the lavish hallways of a ocean liner at Sydney harbour in dressing gown, tittering like infants .)

The original version of the indicate, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, ran from 2003 to 2007. In it, five lesbian males with varied expertise exerted their aptitudes to make over( or “make better”) a straight man in need. It was something of a wizard in the heteronormative Tv landscape of its day, but it scarcely glided the surface of its five presenters- which led some critics to ask whether it was subverting stereotypes or perpetuating them. Netflix’s reboot was received with health scepticism, more: how would this out-of-date suggestion fit in the awake new world of 2018?

But Queer Eye had undergone its own makeover, putting the “Straight Guy” from the claim and becoming little catty and more personable; the first sequence was responsible for some of the most heartwarming situations of the year. Crucially, it brought in the new cast’s own affairs, upbringings and coming-out stories and did not shy away from politics. Shot in the republican US state of Georgia (” turning the crimson territory pink” was the initial theory ), it peculiarity a Trump supporter and several involved Christians, with the cast touching on the issues this presented for the homosexual community.

Queer Eye remains the feelgood makeover reveal, but its passions are far greater. In one episode of the first sequence, the team applied their talents to help a young blacknes homosexual male “ve been coming”; in the second series, which will be released on Netflix on 15 June, they help a trans being in one escapade and a pitch-black baby- the show’s first female- and her homosexual son in another.

In the webisode kill in Yass, though, the subject is a classic of the category: George is a farmer and former pig rider, rough around the edges, who speaks his few terms through a nearly meaningless ocker accent. The direct refer to the makeover themes as “heroes” , Brown tells him. George laughs gruffly:” You lot must be hard up for heroes .”

The arc of the webisode involves the Fab Five injecting a little colour into the sleepy town: Berk and Porowski do up the neighbourhood inn; France and Van Ness return George a new look; and Karamo gets him opening hours about “whats missing” from his life.

Van Ness is the biggest temperament of the line- he had a podcast and a show on the website Funny or Die before he was cast- and needs to turn it up only a few notches for the camera. He comes with his own linguistic flourishes: “maje” means “major”, his castmates are “booby” and “boobers” and most inanimate objectives, situates and even sometimes beards alluded to as “she” and “her”.( Van Ness is also a “she” sometimes, depending on her mood .) George, says Van Ness, has not got a spot of sunburn- he has ” a babe fragment of surface dike “.

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Down on the farm … George ( claim ) and his son, Levi, who selected him for Queer Eye. Photograph: Carly Earl/ The Guardian

Van Ness’s challenge in Yass is to get the Aussie bloke to talk during a stopgap daytime spa. Predominantly, George grunts noncommittally, so Van Ness ends up riffing wildly from believe we considered.” Have you ever seen the movie Crossroads with Britney Spears ?”;” Valentine’s Day 2012 was a bleak day for all of us … I’m still beside myself over Whitney .”

But then he cuts to the chase:” Do you know what toxic masculinity is? That is what has your ass working seven days a week with no fucking sunscreen on your face , not giving yourself any enjoy, because culture told you that you didn’t need it … You’ve get to take attention of yourself !”

This idea is at the crux of Queer Eye and most episodes dissolve in happy weepings- but it is hard to see it working on George. So, when Brown takes him for a walk-and-talk around his property, it astonishes all of us- including the production team – when, within hours, George starts crying.” What are you thinking about ?” Brown asks him, before going in for a hug. George reactions softly:” I’m thinking about Mum .”

Brown’s ability to open up each hero is the lifeblood of the present. Berk, who has to renovate and crowd entire homes in a few weeks, reputes Brown has the hardest job:” It obviously takes a toll on him emotionally- and mentally and physically as well .”

Karamo
‘ The delight they take in each other’s firm is very real’ … Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France in Yass, New South Wales. Photograph: Carly Earl/ The Guardian

Brown says:” I have a background in psychotherapy and social work. When I came in to auditions, I was like:’ I have to fix the insides .’ They said:’ If you can show us you can get to the core of somebody within a minute, then you can do it .’ And I was like:’ You think that’s a challenge ?'” So they” wreaked person in “, Brown says, and he proved it.

Brown speaks with a gravitas that could lend emotional load to even the emptiest cliche. A lot of his answers begin with:” I have to be honest with you .”

” Most parties have never been listened to and they’ve never been asked questions that they want to be asked ,” he says.” I just don’t shy away from asking those questions soon. When I read George had a reaction to my question, I didn’t speak. A lot of people feel like they need to fill that silence and I don’t. I nurse him and I say:’ What’s going on ?'”( Later, George tells me that conversation was ” a mind-changing deal “.)

When Brown was thrown on MTV’s The Real World in 2004, he became the first openly homosexual blacknes man on actuality TV.Three year later, he was notified by an ex that he was the father of a 10 -year-old, Jason. He accepted Jason that year and, later, Jason’s half-brother.

Brown was friends with one of the schoolteachers killed in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February and he has applied his scaffold to speak publicly about handgun violence. In one of lines one’s most talked-about scenes, a police officer attracts over the shoot and expects Brown, who is driving, to step out of the car.

He looks panicked: a black soul pulled over by a grey officer in a cherry-red territory knows exactly how quickly things can escalate. Eventually, the polouse exposes it was a prank and the two cuddle for the cameras, but the incident has been criticised for being a tone-deaf stunt.( In point, the cast draw straws to decide who gets to drive every day; the racial dynamic to the scene was unplanned .) But Brown says the conversation it caused- cut down to a few minutes on screen- was worth it.

Karamo
‘ They said:” If you can show us you can get to the core of somebody within a minute, then you can do it .” And I was like:” You think that’s a challenge ?”‘ … Karamo Brown. Photograph: Carly Earl/ The Guardian

Yass’s Tripadvisor page rosters its information centre as the No 1 thing to do in the town; no wonder the Queer Eye visit is a big moment for many neighbourhoods. Nicole Godding, the owner of a clothes store in the town, has been a fan since the show’s first iteration. The daytime the crew arrived, she tried to lure them into her patronize by “pumping” Kylie Minogue at full volume. She debated persuasion Porowski with a basket full of avocados, or get her” red-hot younger spouse” to pose out front. When I tell Porowski this, he clutches his chest and sighs in gaiety.” Oh my Goooood! We must Gratify HER !”

Porowski comes into our interview room wearing a cocked grinning and a letter casing. His mouth bends playfully as he talks about why he is drawn to taste and smell everything he identifies, from licking decompose food to sniffing his foot after a workout. (” I’m a sensory being !” he titters .) As the New Yorker’s food writer Helen Rosner wrote of his appeal:” He is never shown accommodating a puppy, but he seems at any time like he might be .”

Porowski has had more relationships with women than humen, but “hes been” with his boyfriend for seven years. He describes his virility as “fluid”; he says it took him a while to feel comfy saying the “queer” in “Queer Eye”.

” I’ve clearly had my share of internalised homophobia and I’ve read a lot of gay lit to try to access that and understand it better ,” he says. His reading list includes Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis and Alan Hollinghurst’s The Sparsholt Affair. Meeting his castmates- especially Van Ness- had contributed to him becoming ever more cozy with who he is.” There’s something extremely freeing and childlike and innocent in the way he is, because he’s so much himself- and he’s only ever known how to be himself ,” he says of Van Ness.

Bob Vulfov (@ bobvulfov)

[ fag seeing]
jonathan: a little lip scrub extends a long way
antoni: hummus is the guacamole of the middle east
tan: try wearing a short sleeve shirt with a collar
karamo: look in the mirror and saying anything u been fucking loving urself
bobby: i have built u a brand new house from scratch

March 2, 2018

Porowski lives with” a lot of imposter syndrome”, he says. While he has a passion for cooking, he is the only member of the shoot whose expertise is not professional: a former actor and example, he was introduced to the Queer Eye producers by Ted Allen, a neighbor of Porowski who was one of the original show’s thrown members.

” I’ve never formerly referred to myself as a cook ,” he says, declaring to a dread of” not being good enough to be able to cook for parties and school them how to cook “. It did not help when, after lines one launched, people began noticing the evident clarity of his meals: a cheese toastie, here; guacamole there; a sliced grapefruit served with avocado.” The guacamole was just a side !” Porowski shouts in scorn thwarting. Series two showcases a lot more of his cook; his new motto is not to read anything unless his agent or manager communicates it to him.” It’s a curated life now .”

The cast get a few moments to break loose from the initiate and explore. The Yass locals who recognise them are given selfies and hugs. Beings call into the community radio station throughout the day, theorizing where the cast may be- at one point, Berk calls the host, unprompted, to tell them all they are wrong. The show’s publicist, who has invested the day denying access to all media, hurls up his arms in defeat.

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‘ I’ve never formerly referred to myself as a chef’ … Antoni Porowski. Photograph: Carly Earl/ The Guardian

Berk, who runs his own interior design company, sets in “the worlds largest” hours, spending a couple of weeks planning a renovation that will be carried out over five days.” I may work quiiiite a few more days a week than the rest of them ,” he declares,” but at least I know what I’m stepping into .”

Berk’s difficult childhood was introduced in series one: he was raised in an extremely religious family and” wasted every Sunday crying and entreat God to not prepare me gay “. When he was outed at 16, his parents, who had adopted him, accepted him; he left the family home.” There were many years that we didn’t speak, but it’s been a long time now that we’ve been close again ,” he says. When he was cast, he bought them a smart-alecky TV.” They’re really cute- they adore the show !” But “hes not” to cope with his former church.

In the second series, the shoot make over Tammye, whose life revolves around her church. At one point, the throw are invited inside, but Berk refuses to set foot through the door. He searches genuinely shaken.

” One of the things I told[ the production corporation] when I went cast was:’ I’ll is everything, but precisely don’t ask me to go into a faith ,'” he says. The Tammye episode was last-minute, after the hero they had planned to feature became ill.” At one point I was like:’ I’m not going to do the escapade .'” In the end, he decided to do it for” all the little Bobbys” still to participate in those religions” listening the detest a lot of them urge “.

Brown, who is religious, facilitated Berk through that moment with a number of speeches that Brown describes as more difficult than any he has had on the evidence.” I was trying to say:’ You’ve gotta let go of the hurt and forgive. Because the fact that you haven’t forgiven hitherto is viewing you back and it’s hurting you ,” he says.” The show is not about us, so you don’t see all that .”

Bobby
Doing it for’ all the little Bobbys’ … Bobby Berk at a wildlife park in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Don Arnold/ Getty Images

Another of serials two’s episodes focuses on Skylar, a trans mortal recovering after top surgery- the procedure to create a male-contoured chest- who has not yet worked out how to present himself to the world.

Berk says” Skylar was psychological for all of us”- but it was especially so for France. In the occurrence, the fad expert- known for favouring French tucks, cropped pants and reeled sleeves- says he is ” daunted ” by the prospect of dressing a trans man.

” I dislike to admit it, but I’m not immersed in the lesbian parish and therefore I’m ignorant- I don’t know the remedy pronouns ,” he says to Skylar in the chapter.” How would “youre feeling” if I “re gonna have to” get that wrong ?” Both of them end up in tears.

As an Englishman of Pakistani Muslim heritage who lives in Utah and is married to a Mormon cowboy from Wyoming, France has not been around numerous beings from the trans community. It was important for him to be honest about that, he says.” Some parties were saying that I’m out of my attention, that the community is going to chastise me for not being woke enough. Nope !” he says, with a definitive clap.” I anticipate the rest of the world is going to watch, saying:’ Finally, somebody’s questioned the questions we wanted to .'”

Skylar demises up smiling at the mirror while appraising himself, his figure finally taking the shape he has always wanted.” That was my proudest time ,” France says.

As the day gales down in Yass, the cameras record some of George’s final expects as the Fab Five pack up their nonsense. Brown flows back in, apologising to the cameraman for interrupting the fire as he bends in for one last hug with George. It is a sweet, genuine minute between them- and a smart-alecky piece of the information contained, too.

Series two of Queer Eye is on Netflix from 15 June. The Yass webisode will be exhausted on social media on 22 June

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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