Why Jonathan Van Ness is making history as Cosmopolitan UK's newest cover star

Jonathan Van Ness can now add high fashion cover star to his list of accomplishments.
Jonathan Van Ness is the new cover star of Cosmo UK.
TODAY -- Pictured: Jonathan Van Ness on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)Nathan Congleton / TODAY

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By Chrissy Callahan

"Queer Eye" star Jonathan Van Ness graces the January cover of Cosmopolitan UK and, as usual, he looks incredible — while making a bit of history.

In the striking photo, Van Ness rocks a strapless pastel orange gown with loads of ruffles, and accessorized with gym socks and sneakers. The 32-year-old shared a sneak peek at the magazine on Instagram, captioning the post, "My body is ready."

Van Ness also revealed that his cover is making history for the British magazine: "1st non Female cover star of @cosmopolitanuk in 35 YEARS," he wrote.

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The reality star joins a small group of men who have graced the cover of the publication, including the pop group One Direction, who were cover stars in 2012. Before that, Boy George was the last solo male on the cover, in 1984.

Van Ness' fans flooded his Instagram page with notes of congratulations after he shared the photo.

Olympic skater Michelle Kwan wrote, "Oh my goodness. I need a copy," and model Lily Aldridge expressed her excitement in one word: "Majornesssssss."

Model Tess Holliday chimed in, writing, "Yes babyyyyyyyy!! We are both Cosmo UK cover stars now!"

Cosmo shared its own teaser of the upcoming issue on Instagram, captioning their post, "Yep. We did it. @JVN is our January cover star. You’re totally welcome.”

In addition to his Instagram post, Van Ness also took to Twitter to thank the magazine for "showing more variations of beauty for young LGBTQ+ people."

The reality star has gained a huge following for his wit and gender-bending style over the years. Recently, he opened up to TODAY's Hoda Kotb about his decision to reveal his HIV diagnosis in a memoir that was released in September.

In his upcoming Cosmo feature story, the fashionista sits down with Cosmo executive editor Amy Grier to talk about Brexit, Bernie Sanders, binaries and more.

The January issue of Cosmo UK hits newsstands Dec. 5.