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June 23rd, 2011

Makeover shows are dime a dozen these days (hell, entire channels are  dedicated to them!), so it’s easy to forget that Carson Kressley kicked started  this wave in 2003 along with his “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” cohorts.

Now, four years after the last breeder was buffed up, he is returning to the  genre with a new show, OWN’s “Carson Nation.” But in addition to going at it  solo this time, Carson says the big distinction between this and those other  shows is his approach. This is all about the “make better” not the “makeover.”

A concept he explained to me when we caught up in NYC yesterday — also up  for discussion, what it’s like having Oprah Winfrey’s number on speed dial.

PopWrap: Explain to be the idea behind the “Make Better.”
Carson Kressley: First of all, your show needs to be entertaining, second of  all, it needs to be different and there are so many makeover shows that are  truly superficial. It’s “we’ve changed your clothes, hair and make-up, so go  conquer the world.” In this show, we’re really taking time to get to know people  and hear their stories. You have to get to know someone to learn what’s going to  work for them and what they can maintain. What I always try to do is do a  version of the person, that is them – only better!

PW: Ok, but how do you do that?
Carson: It boils down to  me caring – I want to hear their story, I want to hear how I  can make it better. That’s something Oprah has professed many times: people need  someone in their life who cares. Who listens. Even though a makeover is an  inherently superficial process, making sure they believe they are worth  investing in through that process is an important message. By the time we’re  done, not only do they look cuter, but they also feel better about themselves. I  can literally hold that mirror up to them and say, “look at your potential! You  didn’t think you could look like this, so there’s probably a lot of other things  you can conquer that are way more important than having cute shoes.” Although  cute shoes are very important [laughs].

PW: Earlier this year you also hosted “Your OWN Show” — for you, how  does this experience differ?
Carson: This is my wheelhouse. Hosting  is fine, but walking out to give someone their challenge and then adjudicating  to send them home is really hard for me. Which is why I made Nancy O’Dell kick  everyone off [laughs]. I just couldn’t do it. I’ve been doing makeovers on TV  for years and years and years. It’s something I really know how to do. I also  know personally what it’s like to not feel good about yourself. I wasn’t always  this confident. Growing up as the awkward gay kid in a small town in  Pennsylvania, you’re constantly told “don’t be yourself, don’t be proud of who  you are.”

PW: When did that change for you?
Carson: Moving to New  York and being more of my authentic self was a big part of it, but certainly  after the tremendous success of “Queer Eye,” there was a lot of validation. You  learn that it’s ok to celebrate who you are. I love having a medium where I can  instill that same celebration of people being themselves.

PW: Like most people, I was a huge “Queer Eye” fan — and it’s crazy  to think about now, but without that show, there might be no Bravo  network.
Carson: I know! What would we do without the “Housewives of  Orange County?!?” Where would we be as a society?!?! Can I ask you, why aren’t  the “Housewives of Orange County” actually orange? I just don’t get it.

PW: Um … aren’t they?
Carson: Yea that’s true – they  could also use smaller hair and bigger clothes while we’re at it. One day at a  time.

PW: What is the number one question fans ask you?
Carson:  When was the last time the five of us were together? Always. And for the record,  I think the last time was probably very close to when we were filming “Queer  Eye.” I see the guys all the time, but we’re scattered all around. Whenever I’m  in their cities, we get together – people also ask if we were really friends.  There’s no way we couldn’t be friends because that experience bonded  us. Reality TV was just starting, none of us knew what would happen. We all quit  our jobs and took this risk. We ended up on this crazy successful ride of a  million highs and lows – but we went through it together, and that has bonded us  forever.

PW: Obviously they were good teammates, but it doesn’t get much  better than having Oprah on speeddial, does it?
Carson: No. if  you’re gonna have someone in your corner, you want it to be Oprah. She just  stands for all things that are good in this world, so I’m happy to be on her  team.

PW: Well, I am a huge “Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes”  fan.
Carson: Oh my god, isn’t it the best!

PW: The best. I’m honestly more upset about that ending than I am  about her actual talk show.
Carson: I know! And it’s so eye-opening  to see how it all really works. When you see the Oprah Winfrey show, it’s so  polished and smooth – you have no idea that Liza Minnelli was just smoking in  the ladies room [laughs]. It’s a great look into why the show was so successful  and who helped to make it that way. But the good news is there is an Oprah  Behind The Scenes Marathon all Saturday afternoon leading up to the premiere of “Carson Nation,” so you can’t ask for anything better than that!

“Carson Nation” premieres June 25th at 10pm on OWN

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Carson Kressley was born on November 11th, 1969 according to

November 11th, 1969

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