The “Queer Eye” Guys: Where Are They Now?

"All things just keep getting better!"

Queer Eye For the Straight Guy was a cultural phenomenon back in the early 2000s. The popular makeover series aired for five seasons, won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program and spawned books, a soundtrack and even a spinoff.


Now Queer Eye is coming back, this time on Netflix, with a new Fab Five who are here to “make America fabulous again.”

But what happened to the original Fab Five? Did all things, as the theme song said, “just keep getting better?” Find out for yourself below.

  1. Kyan Douglas: Grooming

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    Douglas is still all about the hair. In 2016 he hosted a digital series, The American Barber, where he traveled around the country interviewing barbers about their lives. When he’s not performing makeovers on shows like The Rachael Ray Show, Douglas can be found living the country life on his property in Tennessee.

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  2. Ted Allen: Food and wine

    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: TV personality Ted Allen promotes StarKist Tuna Pouches with a recipe demonstration on October 15, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
    Amy Sussman/Getty Images

    Allen has been a staple on the Food Network for years. He’s hosted shows such as All-Star Academy, Best. Ever. and Chopped, which he’s been the face of since 2009. He married his partner, Barry Rice, in 2013.

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  3. Thom Filicia: Interior design

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    Filicia is still stylin’ it up as the founder and creative officer of his New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. His latest book, American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat, was published in 2012.

    MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 06: Designer Thom Filicia attends The AD Oasis at James Royal Palm Hotel on December 6, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Architectural Digest)
    Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Architectural Digest

  4. Jai Rodriguez: Pop culture

    Jai Rodriguez and Beyonce Knowles during VH1 Big In '03 - Backstage and Audience at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for VH-1 Channel - New York)
    KMazur/WireImage for VH-1 Channel - New York

    Rodriguez continued acting after Queer Eye. He was in Rent on Broadway and was a guest actor on TV series such as ABC’s Malibu Country and The Magicians on Syfy. He’s a staple in West Hollywood where he hosts karaoke and various other events around the L.A. gayborhood.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 30: Jai Rodriguez arrives for the OUT Magazine Fashion Vanguard Awards at Taglyan Complex on March 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)
    Gabriel Olsen/WireImage

  5. Carson Kressley: Fashion

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    Kressley has been seen consistently on TV since the end of Queer Eye, most recently as a contestant on the new season of Celebrity Apprentice. He made multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, was a contestant on Dancing With the Stars and is now a regular judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

    Last year he released his latest book, Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big?: A Cheeky Guide to Feeling Sexier in Your Own Skin and Unleashing Your Personal Style.

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