'Queer Eye': Karamo Brown's legacy as reality TV's first openly gay black man and net worth
Karamo Brown's rise to stardom has certainly been an interesting one!
For 'Queer Eye's Fab Five, each of them brings their unique skills to the table, ones that help transform lives. The show certainly goes beyond makeovers, helping the participants turn over a new leaf altogether. When it comes to all things confidence and culture, no one does it like the man himself, Karamo Brown.
Who is Karamo Brown?
Karamo Karega Brown is a television host, reality television personality, author, actor, and activist. He was born on November 2, 1980 in Houston, Texas, and is of Jamaican and Cuban descent. Brown came out as gay at the age of 16 and graduated from Florida A&M University and worked in social services. Brown has a son, whom he found out about in 2007 when Jason was ten years old. Brown received custody of Jason and, later in 2010, adopted his son's half brother, Chris. Although Brown suddenly found himself in the role of a father, he accepted it wholeheartedly.
"I came out at 16 years old as a proud, gay man. My last girlfriend in high school—when I was 15—became pregnant with my child but did not tell me," he said, while talking to Parents.com, referring to Jason. "She moved away, and I never had contact with her again; remember this is before social media." He added. Only ten years later, when he received a subpoena for child support, he was made aware of his son's existence. "I was confused, sad, angry, and weirdly excited to be a dad, but felt lost nonetheless," he added.
His net worth
As reported by Celebrity Networth, Brown has a net worth of $4 million. When it comes to reality TV, Brown happens to be a familiar face. In 2003, he appeared as a contestant on 'The 5th Wheel', a heterosexual reality dating game show. His television debut came in the following year, where he starred in 'The Real World: Philadelphia' making him the first openly gay black man on reality TV. He was also a part of 'Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno II', 'TV One's The Next 15'. 'HLN's Dr. Drew On Call' and 'YouTube's The Young Turks'. When it comes to his assets, Brown owns a two-story residence in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. Complete with five bedrooms and three bathrooms, the 2,600 square feet home cost Brown $1.25 million.
'Queer Eye' Season 6 premieres on December 31st, 2021, on Netflix.