There’s nothing we love to see more on a no-hope Tuesday than a shining beacon of light being cast into the universe, enter Jonathan Van Ness on the cover of Cosmopolitan UK.
The Queer Eye star has been announced as the first non-female cover star of the British publication in 35 years which is a pretty damn remarkable feat and just another example of how he’s breaking down barriers and making a difference.
“My body is ready ???? 1st non Female cover star of @cosmopolitanuk in 35 YEARS,” he captioned the pic.
According to a Cosmo UK representative, the last non-female cover star was Boy George who graced the cover back in December 1984, so it’s high time they featured another inspiring lad.
“Omfg! Congrats babe this is MAJOR!!!” skier Gus Kenworthy commented, while plus-size model Tess Holliday wrote, “Yes babyyyyyyy!! We are both Cosmo UK cover stars now!”
Van Ness’s ice skating friend, icon Michelle Kwan, even took note of the impressive cover, saying, “I need a copy.”
Cosmopolitan UK also addressed its groundbreaking choice by including, “Yep. We did it. You’re totally welcome,” in the magazine’s cover lines.
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It’s #worldaidsday ???? Being able to write about my HIV status was hugely scary but even scarier is the continued lack of knowledge & understanding around HIV. Thank god for people like @jimmykimmellive who allowed me to come and talk about living with HIV, what undetectable = untransmitable means, and how important a role @plannedparenthood played in my journey to health & happiness. Take some time to educate yourself on what HIV+ people living in poverty have to go through to get treatment. Do you know what PREP is? Do you know the fastest growing group of newly infected HIV+ people are? The time for silence is over. #endhivstigma For the full interview- please head over to @jimmykimmellive YouTube channel ????️????
It’s also worth noting that the cover’s debut comes just one day after World AIDS Day, which Van Ness also recognised on his social media, not long after revealing that he’s been living with HIV.
Fuck the sun, the world is illuminated by the light of qween JVN.Image: Cosmopolitan UK