Carson Kressley is a renowned television personality, actor, and fashion designer who rose to fame in 2003 by being the “fashion savant” of the Fab Five on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

He also won an award for the Outstanding Reality Program for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy in 2004.

Following that, Kressley acted as a judge on the reality series Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants, hosted TV show How to Look Good Naked and OWN’s Carson Nation, and appeared on season 13 of Dancing with the Stars.

Get along to learn further about the television personality's personal life, career, and net worth!

Kressley's Relationship with Ex-Partner Esera Tavai Tuaolo

The 51-year-old fashion guru spilled the beans about his personal life when he disclosed that he had previously been in a relationship with American professional football player Esera Tavai Tuaolo in March 2016.

Tavai, nicknamed Mr. Aloha, was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for ten years who opened about sexuality in 2002 after he retired from the NFL.

Carson and Esera during the party at the Stella McCartney Store for Danny Seo’s new book ‘Simply Green’ in 2016

Carson Kressley and Esera Tavai during the party at the Stella McCartney Store for Danny Seo’s new book ‘Simply Green’ in 2016. (Photo:

Speaking with Bravo TV, Kressley confessed that dating a footballer was ‘pretty sexy.’ He further added that the two had a couple of dates and that it wasn’t a long romance, but he wouldn't have minded marrying him.

He didn't mention why they broke up, but it's safe to assume that they parted ways on good terms as they are still friends

He Is Currently Single

After the split news with Esera, Kressley hasn't been romantically involved with anyone and is busy covering everything from his shows to upcoming projects.

Therefore, the fashionista is presently single, according to The Sun — and if he does get married to a husband or find a boyfriend, he probably won’t hesitate to announce that to the public.

Kressley Coming Out as Gay Moment

Even though Kressley has been open about his sexuality to the public from the very beginning, his parents were the last people he told about it.

He saved the coming out to his parents just days before the premiere of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy in 2003.

He was driving with his mother when he revealed the show’s title. His mother was cool about it and guessed that he was not "the straight guy."

Carson Kressley and his family on ABC’s show on July 15, 2016.

Carson Kressley and his family on ABC’s show on July 15, 2016. (Photo:

It was not any news flash at his home because his family had already predicted it.

Talking to journalist Steve Price on Jungle Radio, Kressley shared that instance, explaining, "I told them I was doing this new show and they were like 'What's it called?' I'm like, 'It doesn't have a name yet, it's the untitled makeover show.'"

After that, he said:

I said, "The show that I'm doing is called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy". She said, "Let me guess, you're not the straight guy? Yeah. We kind of knew". It was not a big news flash at my house.

Kressley’s Bio: From Pennsylvania to Renowned Fashionista

Born on November 11, 1969, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Kressley was brought up along with his sister Diana Kressley-Billig.

He graduated from Northwestern Lehigh High School in 1987 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College in 1991.

Beginning as an independent stylist, the designer worked for Ralph Lauren from 1994 to 2002. His jump into television in 2003 on Queer Eye gained him great exposure as the "fashion savant" when the show debuted on the Bravo Cable Television Network.

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Kressley also hosted the US TV series How to Look Good Naked in 2007, with the first premiered show receiving the highest number of audiences, i.e., 1.6 million, in the history of the franchise.

The same year, he appeared as a judge for the reality series Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants. The show was a beauty pageant where the duo of mother and daughter competed with another duo.

In October 2018, Kressley teamed up with his Queer Eye co-star and friend Thom Filicia for Bravo TV's series Get a Room on Bravo after 10 long years. The show followed Filicia mentoring Kressley in the interior design business.

Kressley’s Net Worth and Salary

Over his successful career, Kressley has appeared in many television series that earned him a decent salary, if not more.

Being a fashion expert, he has also put keen designs in his Manhattan apartment, which looks cozy and grand at the same time.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has got an estimated net worth of $8 million.