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Meet 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's New Fab 5

In 2003 I was graduating high school (God, I just dated myself) and like most people in high school, I was struggling with lots of identity issues that made the most awkward years in one’s life into a battle to fit in, but stand out—all at once. Dealing with things like sexuality, style, friends, dating—are all part of the fabric of what makes a teenager either feel like there is worth or not beneath the endless obstacles that are coming at them. This was stereotypically me. At the age of 17 I was exploring a new found tool for me—browsing the internet at home. I say new found, because in 2003, I had finally convinced my parents to take our dial-up service past those AOL CDs that we got in the mail.

The internet was my escape from school and my part-time retail job, it’s where I continued my exploration of myself and the person I didn’t know was developing inside of me. It’s on the internet that I discovered chat rooms, dating websites (yes, before Grindr—there was XY), and shows that I couldn’t watch on television because guess what—we didn’t have cable! See why net neutrality is so important?! One of the shows I came across was Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on a recently created cable channel that I had never heard of, Bravo. Along with Will and Grace and the DVD box set of Queer As Folk that a friend lent me, Queer Eye helped me come out as a proud gay man from a closeted, insecure boy who wasn’t really sure what all the awkwardness was all about.

Eventually, I was able to make enough money in my retail job to promise to pay for cable so that we could have access to the show that I had almost missed out on. I got to know the Fab 5 and all their talents. I admired how much they knew and how proud they were to be gay. And despite the show being called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, I knew the show was really out there for us--the queer guys--who were also trying to learn how to be okay with ourselves and how to be our best selves.

Queer Eye skyrocketed the careers of Carson Kressley who taught me that a necktie could be used as a belt, Ted Allen who showed me how to make a simple flatbread, Kyan Douglas who taught me a thing or two about exfoliating, Thom Felicia who showed me how to create mood lighting in a my tiny room in my parent’s house, and Jai Rodriguez who shared the value of the attention to details as a culture all of its own. They are the mentors I never met, but felt I could turn to for a boost of confidence.

Now, the original Fab 5 are on to bigger and arguably better things since the show ended in 2007. Today’s youth probably wouldn’t recognize most of them because it’s been over 10 years since they were all together making lives fabulous. Luckily, the media has expanded and become more inclusive of diverse representation. LGBTQ individuals are represented more frequently than ever on sitcoms, reality television, film, and in the music industry giving youth greater opportunities to see themselves reflected on screen.


Regardless--all things just keep getting better!

In the golden age of reboots and revivals thanks to streaming media, I am excited to see that Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is making a return a decade later. The reboot will be on Netflix, but won't include any of the original gurus as they are all part of other great projects. Instead, the new Fab 5 will be a younger group of guys that have tons of experience, large followings on social media, and interesting perspectives for the bros they’ll be transforming. In a digital world full of millennials, it will be interesting to see how the new cast will play to the interests of younger demographics.

The new Fab 5 are:

Tan France - FASHION

A world traveler, social media influencer and lover of high-end labels with urban appeal. A Muslim who is married to a Mormon cowboy at that!

 

Pretending I’m not frickin freezing!

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Antoni Porowski - FOOD & WINE

An actor and food & wine aficionado who was the personal chef of original Fab 5 member Ted Allen according to Entertainment Weekly. His Instagram will make you hungry—and the food looks good too!

 

Post-run Gruyère and Tomme tastings OR prélude to a pizza dinner?!?

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Jonathan Van Ness - GROOMING

The hilarious hairdresser from Funny or Die’s Gay of Thrones who is also a celebrity stylist and has his own podcast Getting Curious.


Karamo Brown - CULTURE

You may remember Karamo from MTV’s The Real World: Philadelphia as the first out gay black man to appear on a reality show. He is a producer and on-air host for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), BET, Access Hollywood Live, CNN, Huffington Post Live, and HLN.


Bobby Berk - INTERIOR DESIGN

Bobby is an expert in design that has appeared on Bravo, HGTV, NBC, and CBS. He has his own label Bobby Berk Home.

According to Entertainment Weekly’s First Look with the Fab 5, the new Queer Eye will go further in to the cast members personal lives as well as move away from the original NYC format we all remember. Instead, the pros will head around the country, targeting red states to try to spread  acceptance and open the minds of others.

I will definitely be tuning in to the new Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on Netflix in February. I’m eager to see what new spins they will make on the show. With the show being on Netflix, there will be more liberties, and hopefully less censorship, where the Fab 5 will be able to tackle some more real issues through dialogue and interaction. I’m sure there will be a lot to explore and hopefully—if done right—they will teach some of the guys out there who are trying to figure out how to be their own fabulous queer selves.

And if we're lucky--they will keep the iconic theme song by Widelife!

Celebrated Designer and Face of Jamaican Pride, Dexter Pottinger, Was Found Murdered

Dexter Pottinger / Credit: Jamaican News

Dexter Pottinger was an artistic leader in Jamaica.

Just a few days ago, the owner of 3D Designs was interviewed by Flair about an upcoming fashion collection titled, “Free.”

"My collection will fit men without them feeling like they're wearing a female romper. It will have style, but still have class and masculinity with a little bit of street-edge," Pottinger explained.

“I’m a creative individual, so when I get to work with different clients, I get to experiment. I like to create and mix-and-match, and give the body life in terms of fashion and style.”

Unfortunately, Pottinger will never see his collection come to fruition as his stabbed body was found on Thursday evening in the middle of decomposition and covered in blood.

So far, the investigation hasn’t found any significant evidence to bring to the public’s attention.

The only evidence publicly announced is the fact that a woman has since reported that she heard screams of “help,” and “murder,” before seeing a car pulling away from Pottinger’s house.

Credit: J-FLAG

Sadly, the woman felt she didn’t know enough about the situation to call the police and potentially cause a stir. And even if she had, we don’t know if it would have already been too late.

While the investigation continues, Jamaica is mourning the loss of Dexter Pottinger.

Olivia Grange, The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in Jamaica, reached out to The Gleaner to express her sorrow at the shocking turn of events.

 “I consider Dexter to have been an exceptional artist; his designs were works of art. Dexter styled many of our popular entertainers and helped to set the style trend in Dancehall. We have lost a really talented Jamaican.”

Pottinger was not only a recognized artist and fashion designer, but he was also a celebrated activist for the gay community in the country. In fact, last year he was made the Face of Pride by the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays or “J-FLAG.”

Our hearts go out to Pottinger’s family, and we will keep you updated if there is any more news on the story.

First-Ever Black LGBT Family Is The Face Of Fashion

Do you remember that photo from 2014 of gay dads Kordale Lewis and Kaleb Anthony doing their daughters’ hair in the morning? It went viral because of the heartwarming display by the sexy couple and their cute AF kids!

As their family has grown to now include a total of four kids, so has their fan base. Kordale and Kaleb have gained a following for their modern-day family on social media that tells daily stories of their life as gay dads who are surrounded by loving friends and family.

Now life is about to get a whole lot more interesting for the family of six as Acne Studios has profiled the Kordale N Kaleb family as the face of the high-end fashion brand for its Fall/Winter 2017 campaign.

Photographed on the brand’s website, the family is seen sporting matching outfits and posing in all their glory as the first-ever black LGBT family to represent a fashion campaign.

Each of their four children is also photographed up close and we learn a bit about each child.

Acne Studios founder, Jonny Johansson shared on the website his inspiration and the concept behind the campaign.

I have been thinking of the family concept for a long time. I’m very fond of it since I feel that at Acne Studios, we began as a collective and we saw each other as family back then. A modern family. I love those images of families dressing in the same outfit, and this new collection dedicated to the face motif also has a similar feeling of staple goods. It is also a way of highlighting that while every family is different, we all have the same love and want the best for our children. There is no ‘normal’ family — all families are normal.

In an interview with Acne Studios, Kordale stated the following about the possibility of backlash or negative comments on social media:

If you have kids, you don’t have time to think about who likes you, who’s talking about you. It’s just so much more stress on your plate, and I don’t believe in stress. The picture definitely did cause a lot of unwanted attention—we’ve always posted candid pictures of our kids, but with that picture, people somehow thought it was okay to create all this controversy. If we had the chance, we would do it again.

Later he says:

I don’t even think that’s worth my time. We’re in 2017, surely people can know there are gay people with kids, and they’re trying to achieve the same things as any heterosexual couple? It’s the straight parents who are making gay kids anyway. I don’t have to fight anymore. I feel like my voice is more powerful if there’s a legislation that comes up and I can inform my fan base to go out and vote or go to a town hall meeting. Most of the time, if you try to argue or explain to a heterosexual person that I’m gay and I have kids, they already have a preconceived notion of you anyways. Nine times out of 10, you can’t change people’s mindsets through talking. You have to show it through actions. I don’t try to force my opinions on anybody.

And finally?

You shouldn’t have to tell people how we should be treated in the age we are living in now. I’m over all of that. I don’t make it a point to express that I’m a gay parent—I’m a parent. I love my kids as much as you love yours. I want the same great things for my kids as you do for yours. What I do in my bed is none of your business.

To see the whole campaign and interview, visit Acne Studios

Valentina Stuns in Modeling Spread

The newest alumni from RuPaul’s Drag Race to step into the modeling world is Season 9 Miss Congeniality fan favorite Valentina. Week after week Valentina stunned on the runway of RPDR with her sickening and conceptual looks. It’s no doubt that fashion and style were the main reasons Valentina was propelled through the race—right up to her shocking elimination, of course.

It’s no wonder Mexican designer Benito Santos decided to collab with Valentina which we first saw in a teaser on Instagram

The fans nearly died and couldn’t wait to see what the two artists had in store. And the result? A fierce photo shoot and spread in Paper Magazine.

YOU CAN VIEW THE ENTIRE SPREAD HERE

Valentina, your smile is beautiful!

Instinct Exclusive: Behind the Scenes "Rio 40 Graus" Swimsuit Editorial

We went to South America this year for our annual swimsuit issue.  Join Photographer Richard Machado and Fashion Director Eric Launder on Ipanema beach as they shoot this years latest in swim trends. Designers include LacosteMr. TurkParke & Ronen, and Osklen. See the behind the scenes video below. Você​ é bem vindo lindo!

 

 

Behind the Scenes "The Gentleman Upstairs" Fashion Editorial

2015 is almost here!  Join model Ras Haire (Fusion Models), Photographer Richard Machado and the Instinct fashion team in an exclusive behind the scenes look at the December/January 2015 fashion editorial "The Gentleman Upstairs"  Shot on location at The Jade Hotel in Greenwich Village, New York City. This issue's fashion editorial features designers including Burberry LondonDavid HartDior HommeThomas Pink and more. What are your New Years resolutions Instincters? Ours is to spend more time with Ras... Check out the video below.

 

 

Instinct Exclusive: Behind the Scenes look at "Northern Exposure" Fashion Editorial

It's officially Fall! Do you know what you'll be wearing as temperatures start to dip Instincters?

Join us as we take a behind the scenes look at the making of our August/September 2014 Fall editorial with photographer Vincent Dilio and fashion director Eric Launder. Models Rudi Dollmayer and Levi Jackson wear layers of Fall fashion by designers including BelstaffBilly ReidOliver SpencerMissoni, and more.

Check it out below!
 

Behind the Scenes "The Gentleman Upstairs" Fashion Editorial

2015 is almost here!  Join model Ras Haire (Fusion Models), Photographer Richard Machado and the Instinct fashion team in an exclusive behind the scenes look at the December/January 2015 fashion editorial "The Gentleman Upstairs?"  Shot on location at The Jade Hotel in Greenwich Village, New York City. This issue's fashion editorial features designers including Burberry London,...

Join Instict's Fashion Director For An Exclusive Holiday Shopping Event At Rockefeller Center

We're just days away from the Rockefeller Center tree lighting and to help kick things off, Instint's fashion director, Eric Launder along with photographer Vincent Dilio hosted an evening of drinks and shopping at the Onassis store in Rockefeller center. Check out our exclusive video of the event:
 

 

 

Here are a few of our fashion director's favorite things from Onassis this holiday season. Each perfect for gift giving— so perfect in fact, you may want to keep them for yourself.  And with 40% off all purchases this Cyber Monday, why not get 2?! Head on over to onassisclothing.com to get all of these fashionable goodies! 

Wool Bow Tie, $58


Zip Around Wallet, $118


Flannel Plaid Shirt, $128


Heather Quilted Zip Hoodie, $228

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Happy Cyber Monday shopping, Instincters!

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