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

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

Jonathan Van Ness screams- and then starts crying. The Queer Eye adept is sitting in a car on a cattle farm in the urban Australian city of Yass, New South Wales. As the rends 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 pops his head into frame:” Oh, Michelle ,” he coos, tenderly chafing his friend’s arm.” You induced our baby’s dream come true !”

The resulting post, which has had almost 1m vistums at the time of preparation of, is solid Queer Eye content, encapsulating not only what fans of the reality show love about Van Ness( his inexhaustible exaggeration ), but too the whole cast’s feelgood earnestness, the glee they take in each other and their eagerness to play up every charming moment and transmit it straight-shooting to social media.

Van Ness( 31, the prepare expert ), Brown( 37, culture ), Antoni Porowski( 34, nutrient ), Bobby Berk( 36, blueprint) and Tan France( 35, style) 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 saloon. The spot was selected thanks to the pun: as Van Ness justifies to the taciturn George: “‘ Yas queen’ is a major motto for the lesbians and the brunch-going ladies of the nations of the world .”

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

As the 12 -hour shoot uncovers, it becomes clear that the enthrall they take in each other’s firm- expressed through constant strike, chuckling fits and kudoes- is very real. After they met at auditions, the myth proceeds, they started a group chat entitled “Fab Five” before they even knew the selection board had prepared it through.

Berk and Brown are the pas of the group, loading everyone’s luggage into the van, enter into negotiations with makes, checking on belongings and ironing out the sequencing of stages throughout the day. France, Porowski and Van Ness seem to have the most recreation, slathering one another in implication and capturing everything on their phones.( A few weeks later, they run through the lavish hallways of a cruise liner at Sydney harbour in dressing gown, tittering like babes .)

The original version of the prove, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, ranged from 2003 to 2007. In it, five gay guys with varied expertise exploited their endowments to make over( or “make better”) a straight man in need. It was something of a wizard in the heteronormative Tv scenery of the working day, but it barely glided the surface of five specific presenters- which led some commentators to ask whether it was subverting stereotypes or continuing them. Netflix’s reboot was received with health scepticism, very: how would this dated notion fit in the waken new world of 2018?

But Queer Eye had experienced its own makeover, removing the “Straight Guy” from the title and becoming less catty and more personable; the first series was responsible for some of the most heartwarming stages of its first year. Crucially, it “ve brought” the brand-new cast’s own affairs, upbringings and coming-out narratives and did not shy away from politics. Shot in the republican US state of Georgia (” turning the pink territory pink” was the initial conception ), it featured a Trump supporter and several involved Christians, with the cast touching on the issues this presented for the homosexual community.

Queer Eye is still a feelgood makeover demo, but its desires are much greater. In one occurrence of the first succession, the team referred their endowments to help a young black homosexual humankind “ve been coming”; in the second series, which is due to be secreted on Netflix on 15 June, they facilitate a trans follower in one occurrence and a black mother- the show’s first female- and her gay son in another.

In the webisode shoot in Yass, though, the subject is a classic of the category: George is a farmer and former cop rider, rough around the edges, who speaks his few texts through a nearly incoherent ocker accent. The direct refer to the makeover topics as “heroes” , Brown tells him. George giggles 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 afford George a new look; and Karamo gets him opening hours about “whats missing” from his life.

Van Ness is the biggest identity of the series- 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 prospers: “maje” means “major”, his castmates are “booby” and “boobers” and most inanimate objects, residences and even sometimes whiskers are referred 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 child fragment of skin barrier “.

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Down on the farm … George ( claim ) and his son, Levi, who chosen 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 day spa. Predominantly, George grunts noncommittally, so Van Ness aims up riffing wildly from believe we remembered.” 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 wreaking seven days a week with no fucking sunscreen on your face , not giving yourself any charity, because civilization told you that you didn’t need it … You’ve got to take charge of yourself !”

This idea is at the crux of Queer Eye and most escapades cease in glad snaps- but it is hard to see it working on George. So, when Brown takes him for a walk-and-talk around his property, it surprises all of us- including the production team – when, within instants, George starts crying.” What are you thinking about ?” Brown expects him, before to move in for a hug. George rebuttals calmly:” I’m thinking about Mum .”

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

Karamo
‘ The delight they take in each other’s corporation is 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” accompanied someone in “, Brown says, and he proved it.

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

” Most people 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 speedily. When I view George had a reaction to my question, I didn’t speak. A spate of parties feel like they need to fill that stillnes and I don’t. I prop him and I say:’ What’s going on ?'”( Later, George tells me that conversation was ” a mind-changing deal “.)

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

Brown was friends with one of the teachers killed in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February and he has exploited his stage to speak publicly about grease-gun savagery. In one of successions one’s most talked-about incidents, a police officer draws over the shoot and questions Brown, who is driving, to step out of the car.

He examines panicked: a pitch-black serviceman pulled over by a white-hot cop in a crimson territory knows exactly how quickly things can escalate. Eventually, the policeman uncovers it was a prank and the two embracing for the cameras, but the situation has been criticised for being a tone-deaf stunt.( In happening, the casting draw straws to decide who gets to drive each day; the ethnic dynamic to the scene was unplanned .) But Brown says the conversation it elevated- 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 rolls its information centre as the No 1 thing to do in the town; no wonder the Queer Eye visit is a big moment for numerous locals. Nicole Godding, the owner of a robes store in the cities, has been a fan since the show’s first iteration. The day the crew arrived, she tried to lure them into her browse by “pumping” Kylie Minogue at full volume. She debated seducing Porowski with a basket full of avocados, or getting her” hot younger spouse” to constitute out front. When I tell Porowski this, he clutches his chest and grumbles in glee.” Oh my Goooood! We must Assemble HER !”

Porowski comes into our interrogation room wearing a cocked smiling and a letter jacket. His mouth scrolls playfully as he talks about why he is drawn to taste and reeked everything he visualizes, from licking decompose food to sniffing his paw 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 are likely to be .”

Porowski has had more relationships with women than followers, but he has 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 certainly had my share of internalised homophobia and I’ve read a lot of gay well-lighted 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- particularly Van Ness- has helped him grow more comfy with who he is.” There’s something extremely free-spoken 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 see]
jonathan: a little lip scrub leads 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 reflect and say something u like about 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 prepare, he is the only member of the shoot whose expertise is not professional: a former performer and prototype, he was introduced to the Queer Eye farmers by Ted Allen, a neighbor of Porowski who was one of the original show’s cast members.

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

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

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

Berk, who runs his own interior design company, places 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 cases more days per week than the rest of them ,” he admits,” 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” expended every Sunday crying and evading God to not draw me gay “. When he was outed at 16, his mothers, who had adopted him, scorned 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 desire the establish !” But “hes not” reconciled with his former church.

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

” One of the things I told[ the creation corporation] when I got cast was:’ I’ll is everything, but merely don’t ask me to go into a religion ,'” 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 episode .'” In the end, he decided to do it for” all the little Bobbys” still sitting in those churches” sounding the loathe a lot of them proclaim “.

Brown, who is religious, helped Berk through that minute with a series of communications that Brown describes as more difficult than any he has had on the show.” 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 successions two’s episodes focuses on Skylar, a trans soldier 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 emotional for all of us”- but it was especially so for France. In the occurrence, the way expert- known for favouring French tucks, capri pants and reeled sleeves- says he is ” frightened ” 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 correct pronouns ,” he says to Skylar in the escapade.” How would “youre feeling” if I were to get that incorrect ?” 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 parish. It was important for him to be honest about that, he says.” Some people told me that I’m out of my psyche, that the community is going to chastise me for not being awake enough. Nope !” he says, with a definitive applaud.” I consider the rest of the world is going to watch, saying:’ Finally, somebody’s expected the questions we wanted to .'”

Skylar aims up smiling at the reflect while judging himself, his organization eventually taking the shape he has always wanted.” That was my proudest instant ,” France says.

As the day jazzs down in Yass, the cameras record some of George’s final thinks as the Fab Five pack up their nonsense. Brown operates back in, apologising to the cameraman for interrupting the kill as he bends in for one last hug with George. It is a sweet, genuine time between them- and a smart portion of content, too.

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

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