Over the course of 6 seasons of Queer Eye, I’ve been lucky enough to meet so many incredible heroes and be a part of life-changing makeovers. I’ve laughed (a lot), I’ve cried (even more), and made so many new friends and memories all over the country. And today, I’m taking you back to revisit some of my all-time favorites, as I reveal the 10 moments from Queer Eye that I’ll never forget.
So what are my 10 favorite moments from the show? You’re about to find out, as I count down the episodes, individuals, and makeovers that had a major impact on me.
Missed one of our reveals? Check out Queer Eye makeovers from Seasons 3, 4, 5, and 6 HERE and catch up on Your Favorite Queer Eye Heroes: Where Are They Now?
10. Jamie’s New Barn
Constructing a brand new barn for Jamie and her animal rescue in Season 6 was one of the most exhausting – and most fulfilling – makeovers I’ve ever taken on. My team (along with lots of others) were building a barn from the ground up in 100-plus degree weather, while it rained! But it was so rewarding because I also got to spend so much time with her animals and Jamie is truly one of the most amazing women in the world. I’ll never forget her reaction and tears of joy when seeing the barn for the first time.
9. The Jones Sisters
What’s not to love about this dynamic duo? The Jones Sisters both had such an infectious spirit and joy that you couldn’t help falling in love with them. And as the first-ever restaurant makeover I tackled on the show (in Season 3), it was so rewarding to give Shorty and Little a refurbished space to bring together their community with mouthwatering bar-b-que.
8. You Can’t Fix Ugly
Just over 4 years ago, the world was reintroduced to Queer Eye – and the first episode featured a loveable truck driver named Tom. I’ll never forget Tom asking me “who’s the man in my relationship” and being able to teach him a thing or two about tolerance and the LGBTQIA community. And while we may not have agreed on everything, I saw how an open mind and open heart can overcome a lot of differences.
7. Jess’ Black Girl Magic
Even after being kicked out of her home for being gay and having to drop out of college, Jess still projected a positive attitude and an infectious smile back in Season 3. And giving someone so deserving a beautiful new space to call home – and build a bright new future – was a real treat for me.
6. Returning From Quarantine For Season 6
When we began to film Season 6 in March 2020, little did we know that a global pandemic would be uprooting everything in just a few weeks. With production on hold and the future uncertain, I had a chance to reflect on what the show meant to me and develop a renewed appreciation for Queer Eye. So when we returned to Austin over a year later, I arrived with a renewed sense of purpose, grateful to be able to do what I love (with an amazing cast) and help so many deserving heroes along the way.
5. Elrod & Sons
Being able to give someone a new beginning is one of the most rewarding parts of a QE makeover. And for Rob in Season 3, that was exactly what he needed. Having lost his wife to breast cancer, he and his two young sons were moving into a new home. I loved giving his family a fresh start – while also creating a custom chest for him to store special memories of his wife.
4. We’re In Japan!
Never in my wildest dreams did I think Queer Eye would be going global. So when the opportunity to film in Japan came along, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime moment to discover a new culture- and some amazing heroes (especially super sweet Yoko and our guide Kiko!)
3. Mama Tammye
I remember feeling a lot of anxiety going into this episode from Season 2. I had a lot of painful memories of being excluded from my religious community for being gay, and filming at a church brought those feelings back to the surface. But after meeting Mama Tammye, and experiencing her outpouring of love, I felt at ease. I was so thankful I got to meet her, help bring the church community center to life, and be inspired by her big heart (and big hugs).
2. Wesley’s Accessible New Home
Many of the makeovers on Queer Eye help improve lives. But Wesley’s makeover from Season 3 really did change his life. Paralyzed from the waist down, Wesley desperately needed a space that would accommodate his wheelchair. And being able to make his home completely accessible to him in a way that it wasn’t before really meant a lot to me. This is the moment I really realized that design can make such a huge difference in someone’s everyday life.
1. Becoming Part Of The Fab Five
My all-time favorite moment would have to be where it all began – and my life truly changed. After being cast on Queer Eye and meeting Antoni, Jonathan, Karamo, and Tan, we filmed Season 1 with no idea if the show would be a success. But after 6 seasons, a handful of Emmys, and a huge outpouring of love from viewers all over the world, I feel so lucky to be a part of the Queer Eye family.