Queer Eye is the Netflix makeover show we’ve all been waiting for. The Fab 5 are a group of gay lifestyle changers that swoop in and help show people how to be their better selves, complete with an entire interior design change. They all do their best to make sure their changes are things that are sustainable for the person they’re making over.
Each of the Fab 5 guys has their own focus area as part of the show. Queer Eye was just renewed for a third season, which I’m so excited about. If you’re enjoying the makeovers they do on the show and think there’s an area you can improve on, I’ve picked a relevant book for each of the hosts!
Tan France – Fashion
Tan France is a Pakistani-British fashion designer and focuses on helping these men find the style that they want and that suits them.
“Style is not fashion,” France said on the show. “Fashion is not trendy after a season. Honestly, I couldn’t give a shit about fashion. Style is dressing the way that you feel confident and what is appropriate for you, your age, your body type.”
In honor of that, I’ve chosen Dressing the Man: The Art of Permanent Fashion by Alan Flusser. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that France is publishing a memoir in February titled Tan France: Love, Family, Queer Eye, and What I Wore . It’s available for preorder, and I for one will definitely be ordering it!
Karamo Brown – Culture
Karamo Brown is a reality television personality, psychotherapist, activist and father. He is all about presenting yourself to be your best self, starting with how you present yourself to the world. That is why I picked Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges as the book for him.
Jonathan Van Ness – Grooming
Jonathan Van Ness is a hairstylist, yoga instructor, self care guru and podcaster. He was recently Emmy-nominated for his work on Gays of Thrones.
Jonathan is all about finding the right routine for your skin and hair in the time that works for you, no matter how little time you have, and taking care of yourself. In honor of that, I’ve chosen MANMADE: The Essential Skincare & Grooming Reference for Every Man.
Antoni Porowski – Food
Antoni Porowski is a Canadian actor, chef, and model who focuses on simple recipes that anyone can do with a minimal amount of skill in the kitchen. Porowski is actually putting out a cookbook in August 2019, but if you’re looking for a right now option, my recommendation is America’s Test Kitchen’s The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook: 650 Recipes for Everything You’ll Ever Want to Make.
Bobby Berk – Interior Design
Bobby Berk is an interior designer. He does a lot with the furniture and structures that are already in a home in a lot of the episodes of Queer Eye, so I decided to go with something simple that many of us can do at home on a minimal budget. My choice was Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Stencils, and More.
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