Kressley was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in the nearby unincorporated community of Orefield, Pennsylvania. His family raised ponies and he competed in equestrian events from an early age, was a member of the U.S. World Cup Saddle Seat equitation team in 1999 and won a world championship in 2009.\n', '
He graduated from Northwestern Lehigh High School in 1987, and in 1991 earned a bachelor\'s degree from Gettysburg College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.\n', '
He began as an independent stylist, then worked for Ralph Lauren from 1994 until 2002, working in several areas including menswear and corporate advertising. His leap into television took place in 2003 when he gained great exposure as the "fashion savant" on Queer Eye when the show debuted on the Bravo cable television network. He remains active and visible on television as a fashion critic or commentator. Kressley frequently appears on Good Morning America and for the E! Network, among others, and has critiqued red carpet fashions at high-profile events such as the Oscars and the Golden Globes. In 2005, he acted as a judge for the Miss Universe pageant, which aired live from Bangkok, Thailand. In 2006, he returned to the Miss Universe pageant, but as commentator, and was also commentator for the 2006 Miss USA pageant.\n', '