This season on Queer Eye, fans fell in love with Jess Guilbeaux. The young woman was abandoned by her family when she came out at 16, and though she attempted to go to college to study computer science, she had to drop out to work full-time. Her makeover was delightful and the Fab Five helped Guilbeaux reunite with her estranged sister Jenise, but there was this gnawing feeling that her Netflix makeover fund would have been better spent on college tuition. Luckily, tons of random Queer Eye fans felt this way too, and collectively raised $101,675 to send Guilbeaux back to college.
A fan named Vanessa Gamet felt compelled to create a GoFundMe page after watching Guilbeaux’s Queer Eye episode.
The GoFundMe has exceeded its $100,000 goal and the funds have been transferred to Guilbeaux, who told CBS News on April 12th that she plans to return to school “really, really soon” and will donate whatever money she doesn’t need to GLAAD.
After the CBS interview aired, the GoFundMe continued to grow and on April 15th, Guilbeaux shared this message of gratitude on Instagram.
We are grateful to Queer Eye for seeing the potential in Guilbeaux and to the fans for rallying in such a meaningful way.