Looking back at our shows, we often wonder about the people who've left. Where did they go when their moment in the Bravo spotlight was over? What are they up to now? Each week, we'll be looking into the lives of one of these familiar faces. Today, it's Kyan Douglas from Queer Eye For the Straight Guy.
As the handsome, thoughtful grooming expert on Bravo's groundbreaking, Emmy-winning show Queer Eye For the Straight Guy from 2003 to 2007, Kyan Douglas helped to transform hundreds of lives. But when the show ended, he found himself at a crossroads. "I didn’t realize how private a person I was until the Queer Eye thing happened," he told Oh No They Didn't. "I think while some of my castmates were immediately ready for more action, I just needed some time to myself."
Kyan sought peace—all over the world. "I think that I was looking for fame to validate myself and what I learned from Queer Eye is no amount of fame or money was going to sort of fill a part of me that was empty or missing. And so after the show I just went on a quest," Kyan told Oprah Where Are They Now. "I studied yoga, I traveled to Egypt and to India and South America, and moved to Mexico—I mean, I studied with the shamans, I did it all."
But after all that, Kyan, who's also a certified yoga instructor, says he realized what he'd been seeking was in front of him all along. "At the end of all that I realized, 'I don’t have to do another yoga class. I don't have to study another mudra or mantra or go to India or go anywhere.' Because the thing I was so desperately looking for, I'm already that—we're already that which we're seeking," he added.
I studied yoga, I traveled to Egypt and to India and South America...I studied with the shamans, I did it all.
In 2009, Kyan returned to television to host TLC's Ten Years Younger, then stepped away from the spotlight again to care for his mother, who passed away in 2012. The abilty to do that remains his greatest blessing. "The greatest luxury I have ever experienced was the luxury of being able to take a year off of work and take care of my mom when she was in the process of her death," he told Hudson Mod. "It was the most precious, luxurious year of my life."
These days, Kyan—who was briefly romantically linked to Lance Bass in 2010—is still helping to make the world a better (and a better-looking) place: He's a style pro for The Rachael Ray Show, where he pops in to give makeovers and offer advice on everything from the latest hair trends to the right way to manscape. (He even enjoyed a mini-Queer Eye reunion with food and wine guru Ted Allen on the show in March 2015.)
He's not sure what his future holds, but he has a few ideas for new adventures. "I'm just trying to be as alive and peaceful as I can be, here and now," Kyan told Hudson Mod. "But I do have a recurring fantasy of owning a farm with some goats, chickens and bees."