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Photo: Keir Gilchrist.. Atypical: Season 3.. Beth Dubber/Netflix
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Queer Eye: We’re In Japan! – November 1

The boys are back and bringing joy to the people of Japan. What I love about Queer Eye is the wholesome positivity they bring to everything they do. The series could so easily have been a catty makeover show that shamed its guests into changing who they are in order to adhere to a generic standard of beauty. But Queer Eye is more than a makeover show, because while they address the superficial aspects of their subject’s lives – fashion, decor, lifestyle, hair, and makeup – everything they do is meant to bring empowerment, love, and confidence to generous people who struggle with self-care and self-love.

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Rather than making over, they enhance and refine their guests’ natural style, emphasizing what makes them special and accentuating their natural beauty. By the end of the episode, people who deserve to love who they are and know their own beauty have been built up to see their own self-worth. Every single episode is a tear-jerker, partly because I think we all feel that sense of inadequacy and need a group like Queer Eye to come along and tell us we’re fabulous.

The people they help are also kind, generous, extraordinary, relatable people who viewers naturally empathize with – so we cry to know they don’t see their own self-worth and we cry to see when they finally do. Bringing Queer Eye to other countries is also brilliant because it helps break down cultural barriers and foster understanding, which is so important in a world that is so divided.