Jonathan Van Ness Makes “Cosmo U.K.” History With Gorgeous Cover

The "Queer Eye" guru thanked the British mag for "showing more variations of beauty for young LGBTQ+ people."

One member of Fab Five just made history across the pond.

Jonathan Van Ness, resident beauty and grooming guru on Netflix’s Emmy-winning Queer Eye reboot, has covered Cosmopolitan U.K.’s January 2020 issue, making him the first non-female to score that coveted feature since Boy George graced its cover in 1984. (JVN identifies as nonbinary or genderqueer and uses he/him pronouns.)

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Posing for photographer Rachell Smith in a peachy-hued tulle dress, the 32-year-old reality TV star opened up to Cosmo U.K. about making his literary debut as a memoirist with 2019’s Over The Top; coming out in a New York Times interview as HIV-positive; and using his platform for social good leading up to the 2020 presidential election. JVN recalled receiving an onslaught of “horrific, vile [comments]” from people LGBTQ folks and straight people alike after he opened up about his status in September.

“This is only the beginning,” he told the magazine, noting that he also received plenty of love and praise for his candor. “I’m quickly realizing that there is still so much misunderstanding, so much sensationalizing of living with HIV. The stigma and the difficulty around the process of getting treatment is creating that. My work has only really just begun.”

As NewNowNext reported earlier this year, Van Ness also joined a handful of out celebrities in endorsing Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president.

Does the most flamboyant member of the Fab Five have any ideas for how to remedy America’s broken political system? “Henny, I don’t know how to fix the world!” he lamented to Cosmo U.K.

But Van Ness does have a few key policy moments in mind:

I really want to improve the social safety net for people living with HIV and figure out how to make sure Donald Trump doesn’t win [another election] and find out how to make legislators sexy again and make critical thinking cool. I want equal rights and protections for women and LGBTQ+ people. I say in the book that I really love boxes, fucking clean tidy edges, let me put all the bad stuff in a box and never deal with it again, but I really don’t think that’s how life works. There’s a billion ways you can get better.

JVN 2020 has a nice ring to it, huh?

Head over to Cosmo U.K. for Van Ness’ full interview and photoshoot.

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