Star.com: Carson Kressley applies queer eye to the hopeless guy

July 20th, 2011

Star.com


Cribb: Carson Kressley applies queer eye to the hopeless guy

2011/07/20
Carson Kressley says his admittedly superficial changes are useful in helping dislocated lives get back on track.

Carson Kressley says his admittedly superficial changes are useful in helping dislocated lives get back on track.

RENE JOHNSTON/TORONTO STAR


By Robert Cribb Staff Reporter

As the camera reveals Jon Marshall standing in the spartan rental apartment where he now lives — after 17 years of marriage, three children and an impending divorce — the lens captures the physical manifestations of expectations lost.

His shoulders slump, his eyes are sunken, his movements tentative.

“It’s been hard for me. I feel bad for my kids,” he tells the cameras in a soft, breathy voice. “To see the pain they go through, it’s hard. . . I’d like to feel good about myself.”

Marshall, a high school girls’ basketball coach in rural Utah, is among those that TV press releases call “real characters” inhabiting the world of  a “make-better” reality show.

In the role of Marshall’s dream-maker is Carson Kressley, the flamboyant style maven who you may know from his sartorial expertise on the makeover show Queer Eye For the Straight Guy.

In a single frame, we see the 37-year-old Marshall, a Mormon and dishevelled sports coach with child support payments and a heinously brownish living room, standing beside the perfectly poofed, gay New York TV style guru.  Read More…