Carson Kressley was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania USA, on the 11 November 1969, and is a television presenter, fashion stylist, and actor, probably best known from either hosting or appearing in several fashion-related TV shows.
A multi-talented television personality, just how rich is Carson Kressley? Sources estimate his net worth to be over $8 million as of early 2017, accumulated largely based on his knowledge of fashion design, during a career which still only spans about 15 years.
Carson Kressley Net Worth $8 million
As a child Kressley he rode horses and competed in equestrian events. He would later go on to win the world championship as part of the US World Cup Saddle Seat equitation team. He was educated at Northwestern Lehigh High School, and then Gettysburg College, graduating in 1991 with an honours degree in Management. He also has degrees in Finance and Fine Arts.
Beginning his career as an independent stylist, Kressley quickly found employment with major fashion house Ralph Lauren, where he worked from 1994 – 2002. In 2003, he made the move to television, appearing as part of the Fab Five, a group of five stylists on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”. Each episode featured a member of the public who undergoes a makeover by the stylists, including a new wardrobe, redecoration of the person’s house, and lessons in culture, food appreciation, and grooming. Kressley’s estimated earnings per episode at the start of the show were $3,000, a small amount in comparison to his current net worth. In 2004, the show was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program. It ran until 2007.
Also in 2007, Kressley appeared on “Crowned: The Mother of all Pageants”, a show in which mothers and daughters competed together to win a beauty pageant. A year later, he acted as Master of Ceremonies on the Cyndi Lauper True Colors Tour.
His next show, “How to Look Good Naked”, based on the British show of the same name, aired in 2008 on the Lifetime channel. The show’s debut episode boasted the network’s highest rating premiere for adults aged eighteen to forty nine, and attracted 1.6 million viewers.
Kressley continued to keep an active schedule, appearing on the Australian version of “Big Brother”, the ABC series “True Beauty”, starting his own show, “Carson Nation”, on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and managing to last until week five on the thirteenth season of “Dancing with the Stars”. He is now also a regular judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Besides his regular hosting and judging work, Kressley has also tried his hand at acting. In 2005 he appeared in “The Perfect Man” starring Hilary Duff, and in 2006 “The Year Without a Santa Claus” with John Goodman. All these jobs cumulatively contributed to Kressley’s growing net worth.
Harkening back to his career roots, Kressley has released two fashion lines. In 2006, his first line, Perfect, went on sale on the shopping channel, QVC. He described the pieces he had designed as “basics with a twist”. His second clothing line was released in 2012, and was called Love, Carson, and aimed at the female market. His net worth was enhanced too.
Kressley has written two books independently: “Off the Cuff: The Essential Style Guide for Men and the Women Who Love Them”, and “You’re Different”, plus “That’s Super”, a children’s book based on the story of the ugly duckling. He has also co-authored books, including “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five’s Guide to Looking Better”, “Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better”, with his fellow members of the Fab Five, and “Does this Book Make my Butt Look Big? A Cheeky Guide to Feeling Sexier in your Own Skin and Unleashing your Personal Style”, with Riann Smith.
In his personal life, Carson Kressley is a gay rights advocate and activist, apparently single, and currently residing in Manhattan.
Previously worked for Polo Ralph Lauren, New York City, men's sportswear and advertising divisions.
Holds degrees in both Finance and Fine Art
Graduated from Gettysburg College in '91 with honors in Management
Often wears the Danish/American brand Von Dutch
It's really important to share the idea that being different might feel like a problem at the time, but ultimately diversity is a strength.
People are much deeper than stereotypes. That's the first place our minds go. Then you get to know them and you hear their stories, and you say, 'I'd have never guessed.'
Friends think your life is so glamorous, and it is. But there are times when, instead of going to a glamorous party, I would rather just come home from work, pop in a DVD and eat some microwave popcorn with a cutie on the sofa.
Challenge yourself, jump off the deep end and learn to swim.
Whether you're gay or straight, with a physical disability, your skin's a different color, it's absurd in this age to not be aware and be concerned of the inequity in rights.
I think ultimately I make people happy: Whether I'm doing the stage show, giving somebody a makeover, or designing clothing, the end goal is to make people smile.
I hoped I could make people smile and laugh and have a good time.
I wasn't always this confident. Growing up as the awkward gay kid in a small town in Pennsylvania, you're constantly told, 'Don't be yourself, don't be proud of who you are.'
I learned how to dance. I got a free spray tan. My life is good!
I've always believed that clothing is a great way to tell your story.
We did a whole fraternity house. We made them over.
One of my co-workers at Ralph Lauren heard about the show, and when she got back to the office, said; Carson, you have to call Bravo. They're doing a show. You're perfect for it.
On our show, I've only reached out and touched about 55 guys. I think there's still about 40 million.
Show's going well. New season starting, we're on the road.
My method of helping someone is saying, 'Wow, you look amazing. Let me help you look even better.' I think tearing someone down is an awful thing to do. It has a lasting impression on people.
Compare yourself to yourself and say, 'How can I be better? How can I be the real me?'
We came, we saw, we bedazzled! You know, and it's hard to be serious and thoughtful when you're dressed like a Skittle.
I've been doing makeovers on TV for years and years and years. It's something I really know how to do. I also know personally what it's like to not feel good about yourself.
When I was growing up, I was obviously gay, and I got heckled every day of my life. The only way I knew how to survive was to make people laugh. If I could make them laugh, I wouldn't get hung in a locker for two hours. That's a blessing.
I was into Barbie and designer jeans.
I am not much about rules, I like to break 'em and don't like to make 'em.
I love fashion, but it's always been my job, whereas horse riding is my hobby.
I love music. I love going out dancing.
It's incredibly hard to program a network from scratch for 24 hours.