I quite like the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, which makes me the rule, not the exception. It's great (fab) television. (Except for the flippant manner in which a Black Lives Matter/Blue Lives Matter resolution is forced in Episode 3.) Mostly, Queer Eye rules. At its core, the show is about empowerment, no matter how you identify. So at the risk of co-opting advice meant for men, I imagined how the Fab Five would upgrade my first date ideas.
To be transparent about my stance on first dates: I'm in the midst of a podcast in which I have been going on many dates in order to get out there after losing my mom last year and subsequently, the desire to meet anyone new. I have gone on 23 dates so far, to be exact. (Woof.) But grabbing drinks on Tuesdays with nice gentlemen from the same two apps, wearing the same barely sultry sweater has grown monotonous. I need a dating makeover! I need Jonathan van Ness to give me a pep talk! (@JVN, I've definitely watched your Insta stories to pump me up before dates.)
Inspired by the five categories featured on the show — Fashion, Grooming, Food & Wine, Culture, and Design — I dreamed up how the Fab Five would encourage us all to upgrade our first date mentalities. Let's maybe call it manifestation?