Jonathan Van Ness is a popular American hair stylist, TV personality, author, actor, podcast host and activist. Jonathan Van Ness is recognized for his podcast Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, as well as his work on Queer Eye and Gay of Throne.
Jonathan Van Ness was born on March 28, 1987and he is currently 34 years old. Jonathan hails from Quincy, Illinois, USA and his zodiac sign is Aries. His full name is Jonathan McDonald Van Ness.
Speaking of family, Jonathan’s mother is Mary Oakley Winters. Mary is the Vice President of Quincy Media. Likewise, Jonathan comes from a family of journalists and is the 6th generation of their family newspaper.
In addition, Jonathan’s family newspaper links to radio and newspaper conglomerate Quincy Media and the company’s local flagship newspaper – The Herald-Whig. Jonathan is a descendant of the Oakley family. His family has controlled the company since the 1890s.
Education, Sexuality and Bullying
Jonathan Van Ness graduated from Quincy Senior High School. Van Ness later attended the University of Arizona, where he majored in political science. In high school, Jonathan was the first male cheerleader and he continued cheerleading through college.
Speaking about his sexuality, Jonathan had been openly gay his entire life. Jonathan’s pronouns are he/him/his, but he has indicated that it’s okay to be addressed as her/her or she/them.
Because of his femininity and natural extravagance, Jonathan was bullied and also received death threats. In response to the bullying, Jonathan used humor as a coping mechanism. He also relied on a small group of close friends for support. In the late 2010s, Jonathan realized he was non-gender non-binary.
When he was younger, Jonathan was sexually abused by an older boy at church. He says this incident laid the groundwork for self-destructive behavior. Also in his early teens, Jonathan used online chats to socialize and sometimes meet up with older men for sex. A month into his freshman semester of college, Jonathan was using his monthly allowance on cocaine. Too embarrassed to ask his parents for money, Jonathan eventually turned to sex work.
In addition, Jonathan’s sex and drug addiction increased and also included methamphetamine. When his grades began to drop and he lost his cheerleading scholarship, Jonathan dropped out after one semester. After dropping out, he devoted himself to hairstyling.
Professionally, Jonathan Van Ness is a famous hairdresser, TV personality, podcast host, activist, actor and author. He is most commonly referred to by his initials i.e. JVN. Likewise, the TV personality is also best known as a grooming expert strange eye It’s a Netflix series. People also recognize Jonathan for his work gay of thrones. It’s a web series parody. In addition, he is also famous for hosting the podcast called Get curious with Jonathan Van Ness.
In Los Angeles, Jonathan worked as a personal assistant at the Sally Hershberger salon. One day in 2012, Jonathan passed out in the salon while highlighting a client’s hair. The hairdresser later found out that he was HIV positive.
He took this as an opportunity to free himself from drug use and shared his story publicly. Jonathan currently works at MoJoHair and Stile Salon. Both are based in Los Angeles and he co-founded these salons with Monique Northrop of Arte Salon in New York City.
Similarly, in 2018, Jonathan received nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series. This was for his role for gay of thrones. The TV personality also appears in a series of UberEats commercials with gymnast Simone Biles.
As an author
As an author, Jonathan Van Ness published his memoir in October 2019 Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love. This memoir discusses Jonathan’s past and how it helped shape his future. Then Jonathan recently published a picture book in 2020 entitled Peanut goes for the gold.
The aforementioned book tells the story of a non-binary guinea pig named Peanut and her adventures as a rhythmic gymnastics prodigy. Peanut is actually inspired by his own childhood pet. Later, in an interview, Jonathan revealed that Peanut goes for the gold would work with No Kid Hungry’s #savewithstories fund.
With this partnership, Jonathan supported the children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This campaign ensures that children have access to meals that they would have gotten at school. During this partnership, Jonathan virtually read Peanut goes for the Gold.
Jonathan Van Ness is married Markus Pfau. Jonathan revealed this news in December 2020, sharing that they tied the knot earlier that same year. Before their marriage, Jonathan and Mark were partners. On June 5, 2021, Jonathan shared an Instagram post wishing his husband on their 1st wedding anniversary.
Jonathan Van Ness stands about tall height of 1.83 meters or 6 feet. There is no exact data on his weight but in 2018 Jonathan revealed that he gained 70 pounds in 3 months after losing his stepfather.
Social Media and Wealth
Jonathan Van Ness joined Twitter in June 2013 and has over 834.3k followers as of June 2021. His username on both Instagram and Twitter is @jvn. At Instagram, He has earned over 5.2 million followers.
The television star then created his YouTube channel, Jonathan Van Ness, on May 20, 2013. So far, this channel has gained over 13.9 thousand subscribers. On Facebook, Jonathan has over 525,000 people following his journey. Next up is Jonathan Van Ness net worth Estimated around $5 million.