Originally Posted by [url="http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/030915/misc/15diversions.htmThis US News article[/url]"]Can a few days with the pros unlock a hidden door to our finer selves? That's the reality the cameras don't reveal.
Adam Zalta is a believer. The 39-year-old owner of a computer manufacturing business was the first of a string of clueless straight guys to have his home and his person blitzed by a team of five amiable gay men for the hit makeover show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which premiered on the Bravo network in July (his episode repeats on September 9).
Before Queer Eye, toys infested the Zalta home in Great Neck, Long Island, like a bad case of the measles. Zalta's closet looked like the aftermath of a Barney's warehouse sale. Zalta himself had the scruffy, unkempt look that is appealing on George Clooney but not on lesser mortals.
Then the Fab Five and their crew arrived. Over three days in March, they relegated the toys to a back room, moved grown-up furniture into the living room, organized Zalta's closet by shirts, jackets, and pants (and neatly folded the sweaters), and took him to have his unibrow waxed. The Zaltas, who had talked about redoing their house for five years, were so enchanted that they've started redecorating one of their three girls' bedrooms and replacing a stone walkway. Adam's wife, Karen, plucks his eyebrows weekly, and he's thinking about joining a gym. "I never would have guessed this would have happened," says Zalta, who tried out for the show on a lark. "They gave me motivation to change."
But...without the clear eye of the gay guys, the Zaltas are starting to falter. Any room the kids inhabit is a storm of clutter. Clothes are piled on the basement stairs. And a tall potted plant has traveled from the foyer to the front yard in search of light. True, the entry hall is toy free, but a silver picture frame the men provided has a crack in the glass--and nothing inside save the printed sheet noting the frame's dimensions: 4 x 6. As Fab Fiver Carson Kressley might say: "Tragikistan."