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‘Queer Eye’ Star Jonathan Van Ness Becomes Cosmopolitan UK’s First Male-Only Cover Since 1984

“Yep, we did it,” the magazine’s cover line says

Jonathan Van Ness, one of the five hosts of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” reboot, graces the cover of Cosmopolitan UK this month, becoming the first man to do it since Boy George in 1984.

“Yep, we did it,” declares the cover. “You’re totally welcome.”

The magazine’s Instagram reveal shows the star in a tulle-heavy pink gown and reminds followers to pick up a physical copy when they hit newsstands on Thursday.


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“My body is ready,” Van Ness said in his own Instagram post of the cover, where he celebrated being the women’s magazine’s first solo male cover star in 35 years. (British boy band One Direction graced the cover as a group in 2012.)

In the interview accompanying the cover, the grooming expert and author talks about his HIV activism and his recent endorsement of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for president, musing about double standards that dictate how Warren has to act to be as electable as a man, namely Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont).

“If a female politician was walking around that disheveled, she would never have got a foot in the door. No matter how much I agree with Bernie, I am just much more comfortable with a smart, strong female leader,” he said, referencing an old video of himself in which he says, “Look, could Ronald Reagan be bothered to mention HIV or AIDS until, like, 1987 when he’d been president for six years and all those people had died? No. But at least he put gel in his hair.”

A representative for Cosmopolitan’s American version did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether the U.S. edition has ever featured a male cover star.