The Biggest Life Lesson Jonathan Van Ness Got From Cheerleading
You probably already knew Van Ness was a cheerleader in college. (Check his Instagram page for proof.) But it wasn't all glitter and spirit fingers. "When I was 19, and was very boy-identified, I couldn't really speak about how suppressive your [beauty choices] were in cheer," he said. "There were really rigid grooming rules. Your hair couldn't touch your ears, so you had to keep it short. You had to go get spray tans because they wanted you to be very tanned-looking. It was very weird, honey. That's not where I learned about beauty. It was more that polyester doesn't look great on anyone, and if anyone tells you that you have to look a certain way, question that implicitly — that would be what I learned from my cheer days."