Season two of Queer Eye features the first trans and female makeovers in the show’s history.
The Netflix revival of Queer Eye, which launched in February this year, revisits the original concept of making over sartorially-challenged men.
However, the new ‘Fab Five’ – consisting of Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Bobby Berk – have changed up the original ‘straight man makeover’ format, for the better.
As fans of the show will know, episode four of season one saw AJ coming out to his stepmother and embracing his true self, despite his initial concerns of looking ‘too gay’. Only a few weeks after the series premiered, the Queer Eye Twitter account announced that AJ had gotten engaged to long term partner Dre.
Now, it has been confirmed that season two of Queer Eye (due to premiere on Netflix on June 15) will “get women involved, and the trans community”.
That’s right: the new series opens with female cancer survivor Tammye, who Jonathan Van Ness describes as an “incredible woman”. And, later in the series, we will see the team give a makeover to Skyler, a trans man.
Making over Skyler was, understandably, a sensitive process. Jonathan told Entertainment Weekly: “One of my closest friends is a trans man who is incredible. And a lot of my clients are trans women. So I am really hoping that we can do right by our trans brothers and sisters”.
He adds, “[Skyler] is going through so much, so [it was important to be] gentle and respectful and not to be a queenie know-it-all dum-dum when you’re trying to be a loving person.”
The show’s fashion expert Tan France suggests that it was this episode he’s most proud of: “I wasn’t as informed for Skyler. … I think that LGBTQ people are lumped into a group”.
He added, “Watching that episode, I felt like we did it respectfully and appropriately where we could ask the questions that probably so many people have wanted to, or those questions that have gone unanswered.”
Brown highlighted some obvious difficulties faced by the trans community that are generally unacknowledged: “Hearing Skyler, the first time I got to talk to him, say, ‘I tried to get my license several times.’ Think about if you were just trying to go to the airport, and you could not get on [the plane] because your license said something different. It’s just about people living a comfortable, protected, respected life.”
Netflix haven’t released a trailer for season 2 yet, but you can keep an eye on Queer Eye updates on Twitter.