Anyone who has watched Netflix’s Queer Eye reboot has fallen in love with the show’s resident grooming expert, Jonathan Van Ness. Van Ness is a fierce and outspoken advocate for self love, self expression and body positivity. The 31-year-old has shared his self love journey with his almost 3 million Instagram followers, often posting inspirational messages that encourage his fans to embrace their individuality and disregard conventional societal expectations.
One of the many ways Van Ness has expressed his own queerness is through the power of clothing. The TV personality is a formidable force on the red carpet. He wears sheer clothing, embellished skirts paired with towering heels. Van Ness most recently wowed onlookers when he attended the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in a beaded black skirt which boasted a daring slit. The look was a powerful statement which unashamedly confronted gender norms that most often dominate the entertainment industry.
Following the event, social media platforms were flooded with messages of support, applauding the Queer Eye star for his bold personal choices. While most celebrated Van Ness’s unconventional dress sense, there were a slew of people who left transphobic and hateful messages on Twitter and Instagram. Despite the unwanted and unfortunate hate, Jonathan Van Ness remains a gorgeous, empowered and oh-so-fabulous icon for the queer masses.