By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An Emmy award-winning fashion celebrity has joined the board of trustees at Philadelphia University.

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Carson Kressley, best known for his appearances on the show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy has become a Philadelphia University board member.

Kuznits: “It’s a non-paid position…”

Kressley: “Wait, it’s not paid? (Laughs) No, I’ve always been a great believer in education and I think I’ve had so many lucky breaks in my life that I’d love to do something to kind of pay it forward. But, I like to do it in places that are fun and have great people.  Certainly, working in a college setting it’s so inspiring and invigorating for me that I get a lot out of it, too.”

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He says his relationship with the university began several years ago. A scholarship was established in his name and last May he delivered the commencement address.

So, what advice does he have for aspiring fashion and design students?

“I think it’s pretty basic advice. I think it’s ‘work hard and follow your heart.’ Now, more than ever I really think as long as you have the tools and the education you can really do anything.”

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Listen to Hadas Kuznits’ interview with Carson Kressley in this CBS Philly podcast: