Another upbeat and inclusive reality fashion series for Netflix that’ll happily share the thumbnails — and an audience — with the platform’s mega-hit Queer Eye.
Queer Eye was an otherworldly success for Netflix, despite its done-to-death reality fashion format, and it’s easy to see why. The show — which recently enjoyed its fourth successful season — promotes inclusivity and positivity; it took marginalized people and used their perceived otherness to make an enthusiastic point about how similar we all really are. Styling Hollywood, the streaming giant’s new foray into the world of diverse fashion fare, operates on similar terms, with the additional allure of its adjacency to high-profile celebrities working to entice an even larger audience.
Jason Bolden and Adair Curtis are black, gay, married, and the owners of lifestyle company JSN Studio. All of these things are important. Styling Hollywood represents a long-overdue focus on a black LGBTQ+ couple on a reality show, and the series is just as much about their lives together as it is how their lines intersect with A-list clients including Serena Williams, Ava DuVernay, Gabrielle Union and Taraji P. Henson. Bolden, a celebrity stylist, is more comfortable in front of the camera than his interior designer husband, but their comfort with each other is clear to see.
Across eight episodes, Styling Hollywood hones in on the couples’ love and work lives and how they intersect. There are appearances from well-known celebrities, but that never feels like the point. This isn’t a cheap bingo card of famous faces; it’s a well-intentioned and deeply likable window into a relationship not entirely unlike the ones you and I have with the people who love us. That’s the underlying point of something like Styling Hollywood, which promotes inclusion and diversity within our media simply because that’s the complexion of our real lives; filled with people who look, think and behave differently, but who’re all people, at the end of the day.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.