“Queer Eye,” more than a makeover

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The Netflix Original, Queer Eye, stars “The Fab Five”, who transform the lives of guests on the show.

Queer Eye stars “The Fab Five” who help everyday heroes and heroines completely makeover their lives. Through design and fashion expertise, the Fab Five form relationships with the subjects and help them thrive in every aspect of their life. 
Every episode features a new guest who is in need of a makeover. They want guidance when it comes to their appearance, but their problems often run deeper. 
The Netflix original series is a reboot of the Bravo series, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” that aired from 2003 to 2007. 
The reboot has a more diverse cast than the original, featuring “The Fab Five”: Jonathan Van Ness, grooming expert; Antoni Porowski, food expert; Tan France, fashion expert; Karamo Brown, culture expert; and Bobby Berk, design expert. 
Also, in the original 2003 series, the Fab Five worked exclusively with straight men. The reboot promotes inclusivity, helping all types of people including straight women, gay women and men, transgender people, etc. 
Not only do they work with different types of people, but the Fab Five also works with people who may have different beliefs or political views. They go into small towns where people may not be exposed to those different than themselves. 
The guests who appear on the show are nominated by someone in their life hoping to give them a fresh start. The Fab Five spend a full five days with the hero advising him/her on each of the five’s expertise. 
The Fab Five helps heroes on a personal level, helping them be the best version of themselves.  The stars help the heroes/ heroines cope with whatever they are going through. Many times a hero will have just lost a loved one, had another major life change or a major setback that is affecting their daily life.
Starring five openly gay men, the show raises awareness about issues in the LGBTQ+ community. The show depicts the struggle for an LGBTQ+ member to come out. In the first season, they help a closeted guy come out to his stepmother. This episode shows viewers the struggle of being African American and gay. 
The Fab Five are able to not only help the nominees on their outward appearance but are able to identify the emotional root behind a lot of their problems and find a solution to it. Queer Eye opens viewers eyes to all types of people going through all types of things. Queer Eye really is more than a makeover. 
The show just aired their fourth season on Netflix and has officially renewed the series for a fifth season. The show has completed 33 makeovers and has changed 33 lives.