‘Queer Eye’ Jonathan’s before-and-after pic isn’t about the before — or the after.

Can you believe there are people who still haven't watched the new “Queer Eye” reboot on Netflix?

Image via “Queer Eye.”

If that’s you, you need to get on it!


The new series is fun. It’s optimistic. It’s bridging the gap between liberals and conservatives (believe it or not). And it has a whole lot of heart, too.

At its core, “Queer Eye” is about finding the pep in your step via confidence and self-love — not just a new haircut. And that’s something Jonathan Van Ness, the show’s grooming expert, knows all about.

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On April 17, Van Ness shared photos on Instagram in recognition of #TransformationTuesday.

While the two side-by-side pics may look like your standard before-and-after shot focused on weight loss, Van Ness noted the photos weren’t about valuing one physical appearance or body size over the other. They were about the power of seeing yourself as “lovely and gorge” no matter what.

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In the caption, the “Queer Eye” star noted he fell into some unhealthy habits after his stepdad passed away about five years ago. “I didn’t like how I felt or looked,” he wrote.

But today, he explained, he’s not trying to block out those difficult memories or use that image as a measuring stick to mark any kind of fitness or nutrition progress. He’s focused on celebrating the old pic just as much as he’s celebrating the new one.

“It’s so important for me to look back and tell that man from five years ago he was lovely and gorge,” he wrote. “I can celebrate where I am now as long as I send love to the ‘me’s along the way.”

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A lot of #TransformationTuesday posts focus on pounds, muscle mass, and the existence (or absence) of abs.

And you know what? If you’ve set fitness or nutrition goals for yourself and are reaching them, good for you. You deserve to pat yourself on the back.

But Van Ness’ post serves as a great reminder that internal transformations are the more critical ones. And there’s a whole lot of power in learning to love every “you” that led the way to today. ❤

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