Carson Kressley Says Shows Like ‘Drag Race’ Help Create Empathy

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Carson Kressley’s Drag Race career has kept him busy. He visited The Nick Cannon Show to talk style, Celebrity Big Brother, and more. The lifestyle expert sat with the talk show host after Season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race intensified with a recent contestant coming out as transgender.


Before Cannon could even start the interview, Kressley critiqued his olive trench coat look. Fans of Kressley know that the former Queer Eye For The Straight Guy host is a former stylist who has helped our favorite supermodels look like A list stars. Kressley discussed the early days of his career as a designer for Ralph Lauren.

“He looked me up and down and said, golf,” Kressley recalls running into the fashion icon in an elevator. “I looked him up and down and said, billionaire.”

The conversation turned to Kressley’s time on Season 3 of Celebrity Big Brother. The recent season just concluded and was filled with non-stop drama. Kressley’s time on the show was pleasant. He was one of the few contestants that actually made friends, unlike his former Drag Race co-judge Todrick Hall.


Kressley discussed reconnecting with former supermodel Cynthia Bailey, who placed third on the competition show. He also discussed his unlikely friendship with who he calls “Lammy.” That person is Lamar Odom. Kressley was voted as America’s Favorite House Guest this season.

“I was the nice one I think,” Kressley said about why he believes he won the title. “And I also baked a lot of cakes for the people in the house.”

From ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ to ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Kressley has been a rotating judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race since Season 7. Now in Season 14, Drag Race has become a cultural phenomena.


The Emmy winning host discussed with Cannon the “HERstoric” moment when Drag Race contestant Jasmine Kennedie came out as transgendered. The emotional moment recently aired on the hit show.

“Anytime people are telling their true stories, especially on reality TV, you can relate,” Kressley said about the groundbreaking moment.

Kressley mentions that the moment on Drag Race shows how empathy is created and why visibility is important.

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