An interior decorator best known as the man who made mediocre apartments slightly less mediocre on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

An upstate New York native, Filicia attended Syracuse before dropping out to take a job working under legendary designer Albert Hadley at Parish-Hadley. He then joined a competing designer's firm, Robert Metzger Interiors, before opening his own company, Thom Filicia Inc., in 1998. While his firm saw mild success, Filicia was launched into the spotlight with 2003's debut of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Filicia was in charge of redoing the straight guy's digs: he and a team would attempt to improve the apartments while the straight men were out getting groomed and dressed. In 2004, the Filicia and the other Queer Eye experts won an Emmy for their work on the show, and following the group's success, Filicia was given his own show on the Style Network, Dress my Nest. The show lasted four seasons before its cancellation in 2009 — Filicia, though, found refuge in guest appearances on other shows, including Oprah, The View, and Ellen.

Filicia lives in Manhattan with his partner, Greg Calejo. [Image via Getty]