Naturally Tan

Tan France

Book - 2019

"Fashion and compassion make the man. In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding path of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and marrying the love of his life--a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. From on...e of the stars of Netflix's runaway hit show Queer Eye, Naturally Tan is so much more than fashion dos and don'ts--though of course Tan can't resist steering everyone away from boot-cut jeans! Full of candid observations about U.S. and U.K. cultural differences, what he sees when you slide into his DMs, celebrity encounters, and the behind-the scenes realities of 'reality TV,' Naturally Tan gives us Tan's unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself. In Tan's own words: 'The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all, understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about one another, the healthier and happier the world will be.'Fashion and compassion make the man. In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding path of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and marrying the love of his life--a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. From one of the stars of Netflix's runaway hit show Queer Eye, Naturally Tan is so much more than fashion dos and don'ts--though of course Tan can't resist steering everyone away from boot-cut jeans! Full of candid observations about U.S. and U.K. cultural differences, what he sees when you slide into his DMs, celebrity encounters, and the behind-the scenes realities of 'reality TV,' Naturally Tan gives us Tan's unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself. In Tan's own words: 'The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all, understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about one another, the healthier and happier the world will be.'"--Dust jacket.

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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographies
Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2019.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"From the star of Netflix's Queer Eye"--Cover.
Physical Description
267 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, color portraits ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250208668
1250208661
9781250244338
1250244331
Main Author
Tan France (author)
Other Authors
Caroline Donofrio (author)
  • Shalwar kameez
  • Jeans
  • PSA: Jeans
  • Mouthwash
  • Bollywood
  • Nokia 6210
  • Sweatpants
  • Brogues
  • Hair
  • Wings
  • Slippers
  • Tan's first date dos and don'ts
  • PSA: Signal your intentions
  • Cowboy boots
  • Ode to a one-piece
  • Little pink dress
  • PSA: Little black something
  • Jewellery
  • Wedding ring
  • PSA: A word on accessories
  • Supermarket
  • Printed shirts
  • Tan's list of the best-dressed celebrities
  • Cropped shirt
  • PSA: T-shirts
  • Leather jacket
  • Crossed legs
  • Not-so-fancy luggage
  • 9/11
  • Wallet
  • Naturally tan
  • DMs
  • Tuxedo.
Review by Booklist Reviews

While France spent his teen years hoping he'd become a performer—a dream he surrendered when he acknowledged he couldn't act, sing, or dance—by the time he, now a successful designer in his thirties, got an out-of-the-blue call from a casting agent for Netflix's Queer Eye reboot, he was hesitant at best. His husband convinced him to take the call, and the rest is history. The Fab Five's fashion expert details a life spent in clothing's thrall, from visiting his granddad's denim factory in northern England through designing his own clothes as a teenager and starting, running, and selling his own businesses. France shares style tips and behind-the-scenes stories in his recognizable-on-the-page voice with lots of humor and well-formed opinions. He also writes movingly of little Tan, the strong-willed youngest child in his Pakistani-English Muslim family, the racism he experienced, and the othering he felt knowing that he was gay. Musing relatably on the wildness of newfound celebrity, he also reveals how proud he feels to have won fans and accolades for being fully himself. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

France, one of the stars of Netflix's Queer Eye, delivers with this fun, relatable memoir. From his childhood growing up as a Pakistani immigrant in England, where he experienced racism and bullying, to his challenges and triumphs as an entrepreneur, France offers a touching look at his past and present. Peppered throughout are fashion tips in short, PSA-style chapters, paying homage to France's past work as a fashion designer as well as his current role on Queer Eye. France speaks with candor about growing up gay in a traditional South Asian family, struggling to carve out his place in the world, falling in love with Salt Lake City, and marrying his husband, a real-life Mormon cowboy. Though his trajectory may be atypical, his story gives voice to many underrepresented areas and ultimately succeeds in spreading its message of personal acceptance and understanding. VERDICT France's popularity will surely drive checkouts. This book deserves a spot on library shelves for its affirming representation of coming of age and finding oneself. [See Prepub Alert, 11/26/18.]—Mattie Cook, Flat River Community Lib., MI Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

France, the fashion guru of Netflix's Queer Eye, loves an "I told you so," as he makes very clear in this feisty and affecting memoir. In covering his rise to Emmy Award–winning stardom from his beginnings as one of the few Pakistani children in his small town in South Yorkshire in the 1980s (and the bullying he endured there), France writes of his misguided dream of being a Bollywood star (he can't act or dance) and of launching a successful clothing brand before receiving a call from a talent manager for Queer Eye. Peppering his memoir with fashion advice that sometimes borders on harsh ("If you're wearing Crocs and you're worried about being single, all you have to do is look down at your feet"), France gives fans of the reality series an inside look at what goes into his fashion choices on the show (including the "French tuck" style of wearing a shirt he popularized). The chapters, which can shift abruptly between themes (a chapter on mouthwash is followed by a chapter on Bollywood), are each marked with appealing illustrations that highlight the stylist's chic sense of flair. France's charming anecdotes and candid opinions exhibit no shortage of humor, and fans of the TV personality will revel in the peek into his colorful history. (Apr.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The Queer Eye star and designer recounts his complicated early life as a closeted gay youth from a traditional South Asian family in Yorkshire, sharing insights into his coming of age, emergence as an artist and happy marriage. TV tie-in.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The "Queer Eye" star and designer recounts his complicated early life as a closeted gay youth from a traditional South Asian family in Yorkshire, sharing insights into his coming of age, emergence as an artist, and happy marriage.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A USA Today Hottest Book of the Summer for 2019!A Best Nonfiction Book for 2019 in Woman's Day!One of Hello Giggles's "Most Anticipated Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List"!“Just when I thought I knew everything about Tan, he hits me with this. His story is so heartwarming, and wickedly funny.” —Antoni PorowskiIn this heartfelt, funny, and touching memoir, one of the stars of Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning smash-hit Queer Eye reveals how an Englishman raised in a traditionally religious home became a fashion icon—and the first openly gay, South Asian man on television—simply by being Naturally Tan.In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and marrying the love of his life—a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. From one of the stars of Netflix’s runaway hit show Queer Eye, Naturally Tan is so much more than fashion dos and don’ts—though of course Tan can’t resist steering everyone away from bootcut jeans! Full of candid observations about U.S. and U.K. cultural differences, what he sees when you slide into his DMs, celebrity encounters, and the behind-the-scenes realities of “reality TV,” Naturally Tan gives us Tan’s unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself.In Tan's own words, “The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.”