"Queer Eye for the Straight Girl" (search) is as different from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" as women are from men.

So says Honey Labrador, the 39-year-old First Lady of the "Queer Eye" franchise.

"We don't take train wrecks and make them over 180 degrees," says the woman with a name that would make a porn star proud.

"We're not fixing women. We're just helping them make the most of what they have. It's like we give them a road map -- showing them where they are in their lives right now and how they can get to wherever it is they want to go."

And that's a journey this native New Yorker, who currently lives in L.A., is more than qualified to give counsel on.

The first lesbian Queer Eye stumbled into a modeling career at 17. Jetting between New York, Paris, Milan and London, she landed in fashion glossies like Elle, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar and British Vogue.

But unlike other successful models, Labrador doesn't yak on about the glamorous side of her former high life. Instead, she remembers the dismal time she spent battling an eating disorder.

After giving birth to a daughter at the age of 22, Labrador then "made a decision to follow my heart," and ditched what she calls "a white picket fence" life.

Coming out, she says, was a no-brainer.

"I had to live with the truth," she says. "What kind of example would I have been to my daughter?"

Still in close touch with her ex-husband (who is expecting a baby with his girlfriend in April), Honey says she'd rather not be defined by her sexuality, but if viewers do obsess "on who I'm sleeping with, I hope I don't start taking myself too seriously."

The message she wants to bring to the "Straight Girls," Honey says, is one of perspective.

"I really believe we all have our positives, but we've been geared to focus on our negatives," she says. "I know my failures were a vital part of the success I'm enjoying today.

"And I want to share that encouragement with our 'Straight Girls' by pointing out the positives to them. They are there -- the problem is that sometimes you're not able to see them clearly."

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