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Eye on the prize

KARAMO BROWN WAS ONE OF THE FIRST OUT GAY MEN ON REALITY TV IN THE US BUT SPENT THE NEXT 10 YEARS OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT. NOW HE’S BACK IN THE QUEER EYE REBOOT — AND IS KEEN TO PASS ON THE LESSONS HE’S LEARNT FROM AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
Karamo wears top by Tiger of Sweden, trousers by Gucci at MR PORTER, trainers by Lacoste

Karamo Brown is a man who’s lived. He may be charming and might come across as younger than his 39 years, but he also possesses a wisdom that’s the result of some challenging experiences.

In his early twenties he became the first out gay African American on reality TV when he appeared on MTV’s The Real World. Shortly after that he became addicted to drink and drugs, found out that he had a nine-yearold son, and stepped away from fame to concentrate on fatherhood. He spent the next 10 years working as a social worker and also adopted his son’s half-brother.

Now his sons are 21 and 18, Karamo (pronounced with the stress on the second syllable), is back on our screens in the Netflix reboot of early Noughties hit Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The new series is as much frothy fun as the original but has a greater emotional depth and it’s when drawing on his own experience to offer life coaching to the subjects that Karamo comes into his own. Before the series was released, Attitude caught up with him at home in Los Angeles.

You’re the culture expert in the Queer Eye reboot; are you excited about it?

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James Corden on the importance of being an LGBT+ ally. Plus, Celebrity Big Brother and Drag Race star Courtney Act, Queer Eye's Karamo Brown, and the shocking truth about LGBT homelessness.
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