There is something hypnotic about makeover shows; perhaps it is their fascinating nature or that they make us emotional at times. Or maybe it is simply the sense of control we get each time we see a happy ending. Unlike any other makeover show you have ever watched is Queer Eye. Wholesome and hilarious, this show is, in many ways, revolutionary.
The hosts of the show are Bobby Berk (interior design), Karamo Brown (culture), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming), Tan France (style) and Antoni Porowski (cuisine). The Fab 5 together are the most ethereally relatable entities. The brotherhood between them and their ability to connect with their guests is what makes the show so genuine and inspiring.
The show is actually a Netflix reboot of the television series 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' that first aired in 2003. While the original series was vital in paving the road for more queer representation, the reboot is much better in terms of quality.
The most heartwarming and impressive thing about the new Queer Eye is that the makeovers are as much about the insides as it is about the outside. It is amazing watching men get past toxic masculinity and work towards bettering themselves. Seeing the men embrace their emotions and practice self love will restore your faith in humanity. It is also remarkable how the makeovers seem manageable. Other reality shows give drastic makeovers that leave us wondering how they are going to sustain that in the future.
In addition to the queer representation, Queer Eye also has representation of people of color. Karamo and Tan are breaking stereotypes being black and brown gay men. Moreover, the second season of the show has steered away from its original path and has started featuring women and trans people. This is reportedly going to get continued in the third season which will be released some time in 2019.
There is something redundant about makeover shows, the homogenous quality it takes on after one too many episodes. Queer Eye also falls under that. The biggest mistake I made while watching Queer Eye was that I binge-watched the two seasons. It feels like eating too much of your favorite chocolate cake, and now you cannot bear to look at it- at least not for a while.
But aside from not being able to binge watch it, it is incredible. Queer Eye is more than just a makeover show; it is uplifting and inspiring, and it makes you feel good about being part of this world.It's a show that everyone should try watching at least once.