Netflix's 2018 reboot "Queer Eye" (formerly "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") has stolen the hearts of internet users far and wide. Nicknamed "The Fab Five," Tan France, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, and Antoni Porowski are given a not-so-simple challenge: to transform a struggling individual into the most attractive, confident version of themselves. In just a week's time, the five men teach their nominee, or "hero," self-care, personalized fashion and cooking tips, advice in regards to their social life, and even a redecoration of their living space.
Producers on the show weed through thousands of applicants each season to find the perfect lineup of 'heroes' to makeover, and the chances of someone you know being hand-picked are very slim. So, instead of waiting for months & months for your troubled friend to be one of the lucky chosen few, why not be their own personal life coach? Think about it: you know this person inside & out, they already trust you, and this can only strengthen your friendship! Ready to get started? Good, because here's everything you need to know to set your friend/family member/significant other/coworker on the path to success. Good luck!
1. Wardrobe: Tan France
This may be the hardest adjustment out of five, considering how nice clothes can be either expensive, difficult sizing, uncomfortable, or just plain unconventional. Approach the situation just as Tan does: by first finding the nominee's unique style. Designer Yves Saint Laurent once said, "Fashions fade, but style is eternal." Tan certainly applies this motto to his work by dressing the heroes in clothing that suits their body type and personality so that they will actually wear the items he suggests. Follow these pointers from Tan...
- purchase a wide variety of basic pieces (white t-shirts, casual jeans, tailored suits, everyday dress shoes)
- buy clothing that is truly your size (you'll look worse if you're an XL trying to squeeze into an L)
- dress in colors that compliment your hair color and skin tone
- accessories can make or break your outfit (add a hat, scarf, or patterned belt for a pop of color)
2. Interior Design: Bobby Berk
Whether they're residing in an apartment, 2-story house, dorm room, or still living at home, there are many enhancements that can be made to declutter & redecorate their space. Remember, you don't have to spend a fortune to spruce up a room or two. Brands like IKEA, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Overstock.com, & AllModern offer cheaper alternatives to furniture and decor, whilst still providing beautiful, quality goods. Follow these pointers from Bobby...
- less is more
- paint your walls lighter colors (dark colored walls often make the room feel smaller/more congested)
- organization is key (invest in storage bins, shelves, closets, & cubbies *especially if you have kids*)
- keep your space clean and tidy (one pair of shoes left out can lead to a messy bedroom floor covered in dirty laundry)
3. Food & Wine: Antoni Porowski
Most likely, your 'hero' is notorious for living solely off of fast food, frozen meals, convenience store snacks, and booze. Though these treats are acceptable in moderation, they're not sustainable for a healthy lifestyle. Throughout his career in the food industry, Antony quickly realized that food, though tasty and fun to create, has the main purpose of fueling and energizing our bodies. He teaches the nominees simple recipes to follow, yet caters each one to the individual's unique tastes, background, and personality. Follow these pointers from Antoni...
- the right spices will make anything taste better
- your wine should mirror your choice of protein (red wine with red meat, white wine with chicken/fish)
- crockpot meals are a GOD SEND for busy people who often don't have time at night to cook
- adding texture to your food can be a big game changer (pineapple in guacamole, peas in mac & cheese, whole almonds on salad)
4. Grooming: Jonathan Van Ness
This element of the transformation might turn your 'hero' away, especially since men tend to view grooming & self-care as feminine practices. As Jonathan states many times throughout the show, "self-care isn't selfish". Wanting to look good for your partner, family, spouse, kids, coworkers, or even just for yourself is encouraged! When your 'hero' is feeling confident in their own skin, they can do anything they put their mind to. Follow these pointers from Jonathan...
- invest in a green stick to cover any red spots or acne scars
- you can make a DIY face mask with the simplest of ingredients (oats, sugar, coconut oil, honey, yogurt, coffee grounds)
- you don't need to wash your hair everyday (it actually makes your scalp drier & flakier)
- sunscreen is a major necessity (pretty sure he says this at least once every episode)
- don't be afraid to experiment with different products or brands
5. Culture: Karamo Brown
Hopefully, this step comes easy between you and your 'hero'. Since you both are already close, you should be able to speak truthfully and kindly to one another. Karamo begins by lightening the mood: join in for a hug, sit down comfortably on the couch, or share a pot of coffee together. Typically, finding the root of your friend's problems will help pull all the pieces of their life back together. Letting them know that you are there for them, that you support them, and that you will help them with their goals will ignite their fire for change. Like Karamo always says, "being vulnerable is not a sign of weakness", so don't be afraid to open up to one another. Follow these pointers from Karamo...
- create both a long-term and short-term timeline
- develop a written daily/weekly routine and stick to it (laundry on Sundays, pay rent on Thursdays, walk dog after work)
- physical exercise releases endorphins, keeps you active, and puts you in a social setting at the gym
- be honest with yourself and with your family