Carson Kressley

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Carson Kressley
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Carson Kressley
Born Carson Lee Kressley
(1969-11-11) November 11, 1969 (age 47)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Residence Manhattan, New York, United States
Alma mater Gettysburg College
Occupation Television host, actor, writer, producer
Years active 2003–present
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Board member of The True Colors Fund
The American Saddlebred Museum
Philadelphia University
Awards Outstanding Reality Program (Primetime Emmy - 2004) for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Carson Lee Kressley (born November 11, 1969)[1] is a television personality, actor and designer. He was the fashion expert on the American television program Queer Eye, where he was one of the show's "Fab Five". He was also the motivational host of the TV show How to Look Good Naked and OWN's Carson Nation, as well as a contestant on season 13 of Dancing with the Stars.


Kressley was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania,[1] and raised in the nearby unincorporated community of Orefield, Pennsylvania.[2] His family raised ponies and he competed in equine events from an early age, was a member of the U.S. World Cup Saddle Seat equitation team in 1999 and won a world championship in 2009.[3]

He graduated from Northwestern Lehigh High School in 1987, and in 1991 earned a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.[2]


He began as an independent stylist, then worked for Ralph Lauren from 1994 until 2002, working in several areas including menswear and corporate advertising. His leap into television took place in 2003 when he gained great exposure as the "fashion savant" on Queer Eye when the show debuted on the Bravo cable television network. He remains active and visible on television as a fashion critic or commentator. Kressley frequently appears on Good Morning America and for the E! Network, among others, and has critiqued red carpet fashions at high-profile events such as the Oscars and the Golden Globes. In 2005, he acted as a judge for the Miss Universe pageant, which aired live from Bangkok, Thailand. In 2006, he returned to the Miss Universe pageant, but as commentator, and was also commentator for the 2006 Miss USA pageant.

In February 2007, he was announced as the host of new Lifetime makeover show, How to Look Good Naked (a U.S. version of a British series).[4] The show's premiere episode on January 4, 2008 drew record numbers for Lifetime—1.6 million viewers, which included significant numbers in the adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 demographics, as well as the network's target demo of women 18-34. As of January 2008, the debut episode of How to Look Good Naked is Lifetime's highest-rated premiere in those three demographics.[5]

In May 2007, he acted as a judge on reality series Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants where mother and daughter teams compete in a beauty pageant.[6] Crowned debuted on The CW on December 12, 2007.

Kressley appeared as the Master of Ceremonies on Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Tour 2008.

He has also appeared on Big Brother Australia.

He was a host on the ABC series True Beauty, along with Vanessa Minnillo and Beth Stern.

In 2011, Kressley began a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network titled Carson Nation.[7]

In September 2011, Kressley was a participant on the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars, partnered with professional dancer Anna Trebunskaya. Kressley proved to be a fan favorite, but was voted off week five of the competition.[8]

In 2015, Kressley and Ross Matthews were named as new regular judges for the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[9]

In May 2016, Kressley was announced as a commentator with Michelle Collins for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 on Logo TV; the first time the United States has broadcast the competition live.[10]

In August 2016, Kressley appeared on Celebrity Family Feud with his family.

In January 2017, Kressley appeared as a contestant on The New Celebrity Apprentice.

In February 2017, Kressley became a celebrity contestant on the Australian version of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[11][12]


Since the success of Queer Eye he has pursued various acting opportunities. In 2005, Kressley made his film debut in the movie The Perfect Man starring Heather Locklear and Hilary Duff, playing Lance, a bartender. In July 2006, he starred in "The Year Without a Santa Claus." This TV movie also stars John Goodman as Santa, and aired December 11, 2006 on NBC. He had a cameo role in his third movie, the independent comedy 16 to Life. The feature film "It's Christmas, Carol" premiered December 2012.

Fashion design[edit]

In November 2006, Kressley debuted "Perfect", his own clothing for men and women, on QVC.[13] He cites his experience as a stylist with Ralph Lauren and on Queer Eye as inspiration for the line, and says he "...realized a lot of people are missing great basics in their wardrobe. I consider my Perfect collection for QVC to be 'basics with a twist.'"[14] He debuted a new women's collection for Shop NBC in April 2012. The collection, called "Love, Carson", is built on transformative pieces that provide women with affordable glamour.[15]


  • Author of the 2004 book Off The Cuff: The essential style guide for men and the women who love them (ISBN 0-525-94836-8).
  • Author of You're Different and That's Super, a 2005 children's story deriving inspiration from the classic tale "The Ugly Duckling," featuring a unicorn who grows up among a herd of horses from foalhood to maturity.[16]
  • Co-author, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better (Clarkson Potter, 2004), with the four other cast members.
  • Author (with Riann Smith) of the 2016 book Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big?: A Cheeky Guide to Feeling Sexier in Your Own Skin and Unleashing Your Personal Style.

Other vocations[edit]

In April 2006, Kressley became ordained over the Internet as a minister of the Universal Life Church, in order to be able to perform a wedding ceremony during an episode of Queer Eye.[17]

Kressley is also known as an owner of American Saddlebred horses and respected for his success as a horse show exhibitor.[18] He won a world title in 2009.[3] Kressley's interest in horses combined with his interest in promoting respect for diversity, resulted in his authorship of 'You're Different and That's Super!', illustrated by cartoonist Jared Lee.

Kressley is an ambassador for the Melbourne Cup, in 2007 playing a part in the 'Fashion On The Field'.[19]

In November 2006, Kressley competed on a celebrity edition of Jeopardy against Regis Philbin and Nancy Grace. Carson took second place, losing by one dollar.[20]


  • In 2004 Queer Eye won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality Program." It was nominated again for that category in 2005.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Carson Kressley". Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b ""Queer Eye" star and Gettysburg College graduate Carson Kressley to speak on campus" (Press release). Gettysburg College. November 17, 2004. Archived from the original on January 28, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Dorothy Cascerceri, "Carson Kressley Keeps His Eye on Success," Accessed September 27, 2012". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  4. ^ Dempsey, John. "Lifetime's got 'Naked' ambition". Variety. Retrieved February 2007.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "Anthony Crupi, "Kressley's 'Naked' Nabs Lifetime Numbers," Accessed January 7, 2008". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  6. ^ "". Retrieved May 2007.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ ""Carson Nation OWN TV" Accessed September 26, 2012". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  8. ^ Gonzalez, Maricela (2011-10-18). "'Dancing With the Stars': Eliminated contestant is". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  9. ^ "The "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 7 Premiere Date—And Judges—Finally Revealed!". Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  10. ^ "Watch Eurovision 2016 live: Countdown begins; how you can make your favourite contestant win". International Business Times. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  11. ^ "I'm A Celebrity Australia 2017: Intruder Carson Kressley replaces Jay Laga'aia". 19 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "I'm a Celebrity: Carson Kressley brings camp to intruder". 19 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "". Retrieved November 2006.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "". Retrieved April 2007.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  15. ^ ShopNBC April 24, 2012 8:03 AM (2012-04-24). ""Fashion Guru Carson Kressley to Launch New Exclusive Fashion Collection on ShopNBC April 26" Accessed September 26, 2012". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  16. ^ Kressley, Carson, Jared Lee You're Different and That's Super. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2005. ISBN 1-4169-0070-5 ISBN 978-1416900702
  17. ^ ""Queer Eye" episode 4.2, "Marriage, Vegas Style: Asher and Tsiliana"". 2006-06-13. 
  18. ^ "ASHA Individual Award winners announced; Aikman, Stonecroft Farm, Rowland, Kressley, Durant, Courts and Harris to receive honors at American Saddlebred Ball in February.". Saddlebred News, American Saddlebred Horse Association Web site. Retrieved June 22, 2007. 
  19. ^ "Carson Kressley spruiks Cup". 2007-04-19. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  20. ^ "Celebrity Jeopardy". TV Guide. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. 

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