When it comes to magazines like Cosmo, we’re expecting to get some saucy tips, celebrity news and takes on latest fashion trends. Oh, and a smiling woman dressed in some vibrant, fashion-forward garments. But as many things these days, the mold is breaking and history is taking a different turn. For this month’s issue, Cosmopolitan UK decided to go for a different approach in their image. Jonathan Van Ness is this month’s cover model and we can see why.

Van Ness is perhaps best known as the grooming expert on the Netflix series Queer Eye, a show that features 5 experts in their own categories transform people to make their lives easier and happier.

This month’s Cosmo UK cover is making history with Jonathan Van Ness

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Rocking a pair of Nikes and a pastel Christian Siriano ruffled gown, Van Ness radiates glam and con-fi-donce. In the magazine’s 35-year run, he is the first non-female model to pose for the cover of Cosmopolitan UK. Just this summer Jonathan came out as a non-binary person with preferred gender pronouns he/him/his.

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The issue is set to be released on Thursday the 5th, however the online article has just dropped, revealing juicy details about the television personality.

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In an interview with Amy Grier, Jonathan Van Ness discusses life, the stigma surrounding living with HIV, politics and more. He explains the latest drama surrounding the US presidential elections, how difficult it can be to balance people’s expectations, especially in the current climate where people might struggle to differentiate between his TV/online persona and his role as an LGBTQ+ activist.

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Van Ness also talks about his book, a memoir titled Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love. In it, he tries to reiterate how he is a complex person with multiple sides to his personality. “When I’m having a bad day, everything feels rushed. I feel like I’m letting people down, biting off more than I can chew,” he tells Amy Grier. The book also touches upon his experiences of sexual compulsivity, substance abuse, and living with HIV for seven years.

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Here’s how people reacted to Cosmo’s cover