How you take care of yourself is how the world sees you.— Jonathan Van Ness
The most practical Jonathan Van Ness quotes you will be delighted to read
I think my ability to joke and laugh about things is because I'm forced to.
I've been through a lot of things in my life that, if I didn't make light of it, I would literally keel over.
Going to school was an absolute terror for me for, like, a decade.
Since I have psoriasis, I buy anything that feels good against my skin.
I tend to wear really, really soft hoodies by the brand Velvet. Even if I don't have a flare-up, I'm still like: Oh. My. God. This nice thing feels so good.
If I could only have one grooming tool, it would be floss.
I don't want to have broken Cheetos in my teeth. To protect myself from the sun, I can find shade under a tree. To moisturize my skin, I could get really sweaty and then just rub it on myself. But how are you going to clean between your teeth without floss?
I was someone who wore bright purple sweatsuits with tall Doc Martens boots.
I would iron Hanson decals on my sweatshirt. I was extremely flamboyant as a child.
I've been an Amy Winehouse fan since her first album, 'Frank.
' I always listen to her music when there's a lot going on and I want to be a bit grounded. It's like my musical warm fuzzy blanket.
There are times when you should listen to what people say about you, but also a lot of times you just don't need to listen so much. Don't worry so much and just go. Unless you're, like, in danger, and then don't. And then run, girl.
To me, self-care isn't really shallow.
Showing up for yourself, putting on a little moisturizer, can inspire so many different parts of your life.
I'm from a really little town called Quincy, five hours southwest of Chicago.
A song like 'Tears Dry on Their Own' is really sad, but it's hopeful, too - that was my theme song for the first boy who broke my heart.
Loneliness is, like, when you wish someone else was there, and solitude is when you enjoy being alone. I don't always wanna be alone, but I definitely like pockets of solitude to recharge and come back to myself. I think that's so important for everyone.
Please don't compare the nature and authenticity of 'Queer Eye' to 'The Bachelor.'
Whenever anyone says I've taught them things by me being myself, I'm always like, 'Really? I just thought that was like, Wednesday for me. I was just wearing a kilt and a sleeveless top in a Rotary Club, it wasn't that big of a deal.'
I'm good at following my own grooming advice.
I always wanted to play with people's hair.
I was really into 'The Golden Girls' and how big their hair was. I always had Barbies and Ken dolls, whose hair I wanted to play with and was always styling. I was very lucky - I never had to wonder what I was passionate about. I've always known that I'm really, really passionate about grooming.
I'm a big proponent of all love winning and love just being fab.
Podcasts are hard! I mean, you gotta get the microphones and all these things.
.. there's a lot going on there. I never really realized how much goes into producing things till I did 'Gay of Thrones.'
God, I miss TLC.
Blotting pads are great in case you get sweaty or oily.
But don't rub. It's a slow, methodical blot: set the pad on your skin and let it absorb, then move it to the next location.
Confidence is sexy.
I remember saying I wanted to be a cosmetologist when I was really young.
Leaving your hair down to sleep causes friction on your ends between your body heat and the pillow case. Securing the ends away from your body helps preserve your ends.
I want to show straight men and gay men alike that self-care and grooming isn't mutually exclusive with, like, femininity or masculinity.
In service industries, we can be so people-pleaser-y that you don't know how to set your own boundaries.
Men and women can be friends, and it can just be friendly.
You want to be more hairy, that's beautiful. You want to be more clean-shaven, that's great.
I wanted long hair my whole life. When I was a little kid, my mom would be like, 'We get our hair cut once a month.' So I just always got my hair cut.
We're all just trying to do the best we can with what we know!
I used to be pretty hard on myself, like, if I didn't like a haircut I did on someone, I would think about it a lot and second-guess myself. But after therapy and a lot of work, I know how to dust myself off a lot faster, and those things don't knock me down as much as they used to.
If I read something on the news that really irritates me, I get my rageful venting out on Twitter. I'm more of my light side on Instagram.
People who fundamentally disagree with you politically or socially are not bad people. I can't expect that other side to have compassion for me if I can't put myself in their shoes, too.
I like people too much. I really do.
When I'm having a song-in-the-shower moment, I go to 'The Blessed Unrest' by Sara Bareilles.
In states where there's one really big city, a lot of outlying counties and smaller towns really don't have very many resources.
So often, grooming is meant to make you feel better about yourself, and a lot of times, we use it to make ourselves feel worse.
I'm obsessed with gymnastics. It's like my football. And I like to watch women's gymnastics a little bit more than men's because I live for balance beam.
People think because they sweat, their hair is dirty. False. It's just salt and your natural oil.
I started growing my hair out when I was, like, 22, 23. I just stopped cutting it.
Be able to see people's humanity. I think the way that you do that and see people for more than their surface value is, say, you're reading something in the news: the gender pay gap, or gay adoption, anything that involves a group of people being marginalized.
When you're willing to be vulnerable, you can surprise yourself at how strong you can be.
I was a chubby kid who got made fun of a lot, and I got fit in high school, and I stayed fit in my 20s, until my dad died.
You have to create little pockets of joy in your life to take care of yourself.
If you're feeling a little down, you're never fully dressed without a strong heel. But only if you're depressed - if you need a pick-me-up.
To my younger self, I would say unless you're literally in danger, ask forgiveness instead of asking permission.
Even though I'm a hairdresser and I love doing hair, I feel like I don't look like a groomer. When I think of how a groomer would look in relation to the first version of 'Queer Eye,' I feel like I don't fit in that box.
I'm really about body positivity and self-love, and I will definitely push the boundary with a pink midriff-baring top.
I wish I was a gorgeous mixologist, but that was not my god-given strength.
I think I've been in a lot of really uncomfortable situations, and I think when you're in uncomfortable situations, it kind of polishes you up a little. It shines you up.
If my energy was fake, then I would feel pressured, because I gotta, like, keep this up. I thank God it's just how I am. But I find myself wanting to work on being more comfortable in the silence with people.