Chances are you’ve at least heard of the Netflix reboot that has stolen the hearts of the world: “Queer Eye.” The “Fab Five” – made up of Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, and Antoni Porowski – have taken off with fame since the first season aired earlier this year, but this isn’t the first time the Fab Five has made an appearance.
The show is actually a reboot of 2003’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” which amassed a cult following as well as an Emmy win and two nominations during its five seasons on the air. Although some aspects of the show have changed – mainly the new version doesn’t just makeover straight guys – the core aspect of the gang of hosts has stayed the same, save for a casting update.
Here’s the cast of “Queer Eye” then and now.
Carson Kressley’s eye for style and big personality made him instantly recognisable.
Before there was Tan France, there was Carson Kressley. If you were just as obsessed with the original series as you are with the current, you’ll remember Kressley for his big personality and his brutally honest style commentary for the participants on the show.
Post “Queer Eye,” Kressley solidified himself as reality television host and moved on to major roles like judging “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and hosting “Fashion News Live.” His next venture? “Get a Room with Carson & Thom.”
Tan France is well on his way to establishing a fashion empire.
He’s not only dedicated his styling services to “Queer Eye,” but he also appeared on a YouTube video for “Saturday Night Live” where he upgraded Pete Davidson’s look.
As for his next project, he recently landed a book deal with St. Marten’s Press, according to Bustle.
Thom Filicia was the first “Design Doctor.”
Bobby Berk’s home transformations may be amazing, but Thom Filicia was crowned the first “Design Doctor” way back when. Since “Queer Eye,” his legacy withstood the test of time. He’s earned a slew of accreditations from various decor authority, with consistent coverage in major decor-centric platforms like Elle Decor, PopSugar Home, and One Kings Lane.
If you miss his amazing transformations, be sure to watch his new show on Bravo with Carson Kressley, “Get a Room with Carson & Thom.”
Bobby Berk transferred his interior design skills from his business to his show.
No matter who your favourite “Queer Eye” host is, there’s no denying that interior designer Bobby Berk does a lot of the heavy lifting on the show, often transforming entire homes in a matter of days. Before his stint on the show, Bobby owned two design firms, Bobby Berk Homes and Bobby Berk Interiors + Design, and according to Time magazine, tackled his $US600,000 professional debt at the young age of 24.
Jai Rodriguez used his artistic resume to his advantage as the “Culture Vulture.”
Jai Rodriguez helped contestants expand their horizons as the “Culture Vulture” on the original “Queer Eye.” Aside from his role on “Queer Eye,” Rodriguez is also an accomplished actor.
Some of his major credits include his role as “Angel” in the Broadway musical “Rent” and a guest spot on “Nip/Tuck” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Karamo Brown used his experience as a social worker to distinguish his role on the show.
Karamo Brown might be responsible for showing his “Queer Eye” subjects various cultural experiences in each episode, but he’s also famous for his motivational talks and cultural debates. Before he was part of the show, the host had a brief stint on “The Real World: Philadelphia” before moving into social work for 12 years before his return to TV, according to Brown in an interview with NYLON.
Outside his “Queer Eye” role, he’s active on social media, where he discusses delicate subjects like depression and anxiety, drug addiction, and racism.
Kyan Douglas beautified the show with his “Grooming Guru ways.”
Before he was the grooming expert on “Queer Eye,” Kyan Douglas got his start as a hairdresser and colorist with Aveda in New York City after studying theatre and film at Loyola University.
He hasn’t done too much since “Queer Eye,” but his most notable role has been on “Rachael Ray” as a fashion and style expert.
Hairdresser Jonathan Van Ness took over as the beauty expert and resident realist.
Jonathan Van Ness has gained fame with his real talk about beauty routines and his constant support of self-love.
Outside of the Queer Eye sphere, VN also hosts his own podcast, “Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness” and stars in the Funny or Die series “Gay of Thrones,” for which he was just nominated for an Emmy.
Ted Allen was the first food guru of the show.
A younger generation of television fans may recognise Ted Allen as the resident host of Food Network’s “Chopped,” but it was his stint on “Queer Eye” beforehand that solidified him as the OG foodie. Allen actually studied psychology in college and started out as a copy editor, but it’s clear food is where his true talents lie.
Fun fact: before he was part of the “Fab Five,” he was actually a member of the “Famished Four” – a group of restaurant critics at his former place of work, Lerner newspapers, according to Towne Post Network.
And passed on his wisdom to self-taught chef Antoni Porowski.
Before becoming the designated avocado connoisseur on today’s Queer Eye, Antoni Porowski tried his hand at acting before dedicating his career to food. While casting the show, Ted Allen actually hand-picked Porowski to fill his role – Porowski was Allen’s personal assistant for three years, according to Vanity Fair – and the rest is history.
Much like Allen, Porowski has no formal culinary training, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a self-taught tour de force: he’s landed his own cookbook deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, according to Entertainment Weekly, and also opened his own restaurant in New York City.
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