New season of Queer Eye is filmed in Austin


Mazzy Warren

When Queer Eye was first released in July 13, 2003, previously known as Queer Eye for the Straight Guy it quickly drew attention.

Lauren Bogard, Dispatch Reporter

Queer Eye is an emotional ride that conquers both internal and external struggles.

When Queer Eye was first released in July 13, 2003, previously known as Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, it quickly drew attention. According to HuffPost, Michael Williams and David Collins, co founders of Scout productions, came up with idea of forming Queer Eye for the Straight Guy after witnessing a couple gay men helping a husband who was being berated by his wife for wearing disarranged clothing. Reality television was picking up during this time which provided an apparent business opportunity.

The current Fab Five consist of Tan France, who plays the role of fashion designer, Jonathan Van Ness, working as the hairdresser, Karamo Brown acting in the position of the therapist, Bobby Berk as the interior designer, and lastly Antoni Porowski who is well versed in food and wine.

I have been out of the loop with the past queer eye seasons for at least two or more months and was quite eager to see its progression in its latest season. The season was filled with tears of wholehearted emotions and happy moments. I absolutely loved the transformations of self identity and familial issues.

Considering the background of Queer Eye, I was able to see a huge progression in this latest season compared to past seasons. There was a take that dealt more with masculinity issues to more mundane things like self care at home, hygiene, and even material items.

My favorite episode of the season was “Angel Gets Her Wings”, where the Fab Five helped a transgender female by the name of Angel, overcome self doubts and living situations. The title of the episode speaks for itself and can be fully understood as I watched the progression of someone so meek and self conscious blossom under the guidance of Queer Eye. 

Angel’s progression is best seen when she faces her father, who had been distant since she transitioned. They’re able, especially with the help of Karamo, to convince the two into having a one on one conversation in hopes of mending some of their relationship. Emotions were thickly apparent in both of their voices during this discussion. They came to a consensus, and father and daughter started to attend gym sessions and interact again. To overcome such hardships in the modern world can be very difficult and it’s in these moments that I see just how Queer Eye is more than a reality tv show meant to entertain.

Overall, Queer Eye is an impactful series that shows the internal and external struggles in the the daily lives of regular citizens. Usually the episodes consisted of specific people struggling to cope with their households, but it has proven to be much more for a variety of groups and people.