“Queer Eye” Season 3: Fabulously Profound and Uplifting

Queer Eye's Fab 5: Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Tan France, and Antoni Porowski. Photo by Chelsea Lauren/REX/Shutterstock (9360473az)

The third season of Queer Eye is uplifting, informative and as emotionally profound as ever.

Just as the tagline boasts, Queer Eye really is so much more than a makeover. Participants don’t just get a new hairdo, they get a whole new attitude and an interior design transformation to go with it. What is so special about the show is that it genuinely feels like these 5 sassy gay guys are changing lives.

The first noticeable difference about season 3 is that half of the episodes revolved around women, whereas the first season focuses on men exclusively. In the season opener, the crew take a huntress on a physical and psychological journey to feeling her best and most beautiful self. Physically, she underwent one of the most gorgeous transformation yet her experience of feeling beautiful for the first time in years is even more lovely than her stunning blond locks.

The standout episode of the season is undoubtedly “Black Girl Magic”. In the episode, the team take on the challenge of helping a young black lesbian embrace her identity and accept the love of her friends around her. When it came to the makeover, there was little to be done especially as Jess boasts the kind of figure that looks good in literally anything. This time round, the challenge was all internal. Watching Jess reunited with her birth sister and hearing her open up about her feelings of rejection after her adopted parents abandoned her for being gay was tear-jerking. Watching her embrace her black identity and understand that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to identity was also genuinely inspiring.

Although “Black Magic Woman” stood out the most, that’s not to say the other episodes weren’t powerful too. Every makeover had its moments and Karamo’s visual depiction of a gamer understanding that he has isolated himself from the outside world was deeply moving. “Jones Bar-B-Q” was another memorable episode.

Overall, the new season was at the very least, uplifting and emotional to watch. More than this, it left us feeling empowered, inspired and filled with the wisdom imparted by five sassy queer guys.