Style & Beauty

14 Times 'Queer Eye' Star Jonathan Van Ness Slayed Gender Norms With Style

We're always here for a gender-fluid JVN style moment.
Jonathan Van Ness at the 70th Emmy Awards on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles. 
Jonathan Van Ness at the 70th Emmy Awards on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles. 

Jonathan Van Ness is quickly becoming the style icon we all need.

The “Queer Eye” grooming guru has proved time and time again that he’s not afraid to take a fashion risk, honey, and he’s constantly inspiring us to just be ourselves.

JVN loves experimenting with his style and with every outfit shows us that style rules are meant to be broken. (As he said of his Creative Arts Emmys look, he came to “slay and fuck a gender norm.”) He’s giving us casual sweats. He’s giving us fierce red carpet realness. He’s giving us “femme beard and a lot of leg.” He’s giving us gender fluidity. And we are here for all of it.

On Monday night, the “Gay of Thrones” star once again stole the show when he arrived at the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards wearing a white suit and sheer turtleneck. He paired the look with black heels and a small purple satin purse, because it wouldn’t be a Van Ness outfit without a little gender-bending.

Below are 14 other times JVN slayed gender norms with his style, successfully inspiring us to break the rules. To use the breakout star’s own words: Who gave him permission to look this good all the time?

1
When he made it work in this ensemble at the Creative Arts Emmys...
For his appearance at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 9, JVN was hands down one of the best-dressed stars in this look.
2
When he rocked leopard print platform boots...
The TV star shared this photo ahead of his Emmys appearance, offering a sneak peek into what would be one of his fiercest looks yet.
3
When he wore a silky vintage caftan...
Caftans are the epitome of easy glamour and JVN is giving us exactly that in this look, which he wore for the Netflix FYSee kickoff on May 6.
4
When he rocked over-the-knee stiletto boots...
We're living for this thigh-high boot moment, which JVN shared with fans during a live taping of his "Getting Curious" podcast at the Outside Lands festival.
5
When he paired overalls with clear heels...
Yes, henny. Van Ness gave us a slicked-back hair moment and undone overalls in July at Beautycon LA.
6
When he found his light in these shorts and heels...
If only all of our outfit of the day photos looked this great.
7
When he struck Victoria Beckham's favorite pose...
All we can say is, "fiercedom honey." Posh Spice would most definitely approve.
8
When he gave Angelina Jolie's leg a run for its money...
All in the name of patriotism.
9
When he got snapped in his first paparazzi pic...
We need these sparkly boots, which JVN wore for an appearance at the 92nd Street Y in New York, in our lives.
10
When he worked a crop top like a pro...
If you've ever needed a little push to try crop tops for yourself, JVN is here for you.
11
When he looked amazing wearing purple eye makeup...
Who gave him permission to look so great with this much purple eyeshadow on?
12
When he strutted his stuff in Manhattan...
How can JVN look this effortlessly chic in a button-up and jeans?
13
When he rocked a YSL purse with this casual look...
Clearly JVN appreciates a good YSL style moment and understands how much one simple, yet luxe, accessory can elevate an entire look.
14
When he perfected his strut...
Miss J Alexander would be so proud.

This story has been updated to include info about Van Ness’ Primetime Emmy Awards look.