Accomplished stylist, television star, equestrian, author and fashion designer, Carson Kressley was last seen on the thirteenth season of “Dancing With The Stars,” dancing alongside his professional dance partner Anna Trebunskaya. Most recently, he has been busy with two shows on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, co-hosting “Your Own Show,” a search for the next big star of the OWN Network, and his own series, “Carson Nation,” which follows him around the country providing makeovers and assistance to everyday Americans.
Kressley recently hosted ABC’s “True Beauty,” from executive producers Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher. He also helmed the highly successful “How To Look Good Naked” for Lifetime. He previously earned a primetime Emmy® for his role on the critically acclaimed Bravo series, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” In November 2011, he hosted the Inaugural American Humane Association “Hero Dog Awards,” which premiered on the Hallmark Channel and honored ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things in areas of service, law enforcement and therapy, among other categories.
Kressley made his theatrical debut in 2011 starring in the Ogunquit Playhouse’s production of the multi-Tony Award winning musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, alongside twice-Emmy® nominated actress Georgia Engel. He is also a New York Times bestselling author with three books to his credit, including You’re Different, and That’s Super, a kids book promoting diversity.
In addition to his work as a performer, Kressley was the host of the 2008 True Colors tour, which was created to raise awareness and promote equality for the GLBT community. His philanthropic endeavors have also lead him to support groups such as The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, The Empire State Pride Agenda, LIGALY, GLSEN, AIDS WALK and the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation. He is the founder of Manhattan’s Ali Forney Center’s “Styled for Success” program, which provides career wardrobes for formerly homeless youth and he was the founding donor of the first college scholarship program for gay youth in his hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania.
When not working, Kressley can be found astride one of his champion American Saddlebred horses. As a life long equine enthusiast, he rode to a World's Championship title in 2009. He currently resides in New York City.