For five years on the Emmy winning Bravo series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Kyan Douglas was the grooming expert who helped the show’s makeover subjects achieve their new look.
What Douglas on Wednesday (17 February) wants his Facebook followers to know is that when it comes to his own looks, he’s got it covered.
In what he describes as a ‘gentle rant,’ Douglas shared his thoughts on the unsolicited critiques that find their way onto his page with many of his photo postings.
‘People, with some regularity … comment about my weight: Don’t lose too much, don’t gain too much. About my hair: Wear it this way, not that way. My beard: Shave it, trim it, grow it. My smile: Smile more, take more shirtless selfies, etc etc.’
His message to those people: ‘Don’t.’
‘What you’re doing amounts to a subtle form of image shaming,’ Douglas writes. ‘Knock it off. Love me, or not, the way I am. How I present myself is my call. You do you. The only person that could get away with telling me how to look or be is my mother and she’s dead.’
He concludes by writing: ‘Nothing but love intended but we need to check ourselves my gay brethren. Hope you can receive this in the spirit it is intended- straightforward and kindly.’
Since the end of Queer Eye a decade ago, Douglas has continued to appear regularly on television. He has long been a regular style expert on The Rachael Ray Show forever and is now also hosting the online series The American Barber (see trailer below).