Exclusive: How Queer Eye's Fab Five are helping the next generation

Anita Lyons
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

When you meet the Queer Eye Fab Five in person, it’s hard not to feel like you’re sitting down having a martini with your besties.

But behind their fabulous facade is something so much more than you could ever imagine. Heart.

The Queer Eye Fab Five from L-R Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, Tan France and Jonathan Van Ness.

In an exclusive chat with Be, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness talked about how important it was to be role models for the next generation.

“I think it’s so important for people to see [the show], because there are a lot of little kids, and grown ups too, all people of all ages, knowing that it’s OK for them to exist as they are,” Jonathan said.

“I think it’s so important for people to see [the show] because there are a lot of little kids, and grown ups too, all people of all ages, knowing that it’s OK for them to exist as they are,”

“They don’t have to worry about it so much, especially for little kids when they’re coming up in the world and don’t know how they’re going to be.”  

The most important change in the second season, which is due to drop on Netflix on June 15, is the opportunity to let people into their lives.

“What’s amazing is that we get to talk about what we went through as children and also how it relates to us being the adult men who we are,” Karamo said.

The Fab Five were in Sydney talking about the second season of their show. Source: Supplied/Netflix

“With these heroes, a lot of them are shy when we first meet them and their vulnerability doesn’t necessarily come across until we really get to know them,” Antoni added.

“So by leaning into who they really are and getting specific with our stories and experiences, it makes it more comfortable for them to share their story as well.”


So how did these men define who they were as people?

“I think that’s ever evolving,” Karamo said. “That’s what’s special about us, it’s like ‘hey, who was I before?’ I have experience of meeting new people and now I’ve grown a little bit. That’s the whole point of evolving and being human.”


“We’ve all come into this world and we’ve all lived a lot of experiences that kind of inform who we are now, and so, how else are we going to be?” Jonathan added.

“I think it’s nice that we show five different versions of that. You can be whatever you want to be.”


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