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About the book
  • Published: 4 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9780753553749
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $35.00

Naturally Tan

A Memoir




A poignant and humorous memoir from Tan France, star of the Emmy award-winning TV show Queer Eye and one of the few openly gay South Asian men on television.

'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.'

Growing up gay in a traditional South Asian family in South Yorkshire, Tan France could never have imagined he’d become part of a worldwide phenomenon. One of the few people of colour at his school, he experienced racist bullies, found solace at his grandad’s denim factory and eventually discovered his true calling at fashion college. Told with his trademark humour, for the first time Tan reveals the experiences that have made him the witty, compassionate man he is today.

From meeting the love of his life Rob (a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City) to juggling three demanding businesses, Tan charts the highs and lows on his path to Queer Eye. And of course he can’t help but pepper this book with fashion dos and don’ts. Full of candid observations about US and UK cultural differences, celebrity encounters, and behind-the-scenes revelations about Queer Eye, Naturally Tan gives us Tan’s unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself.

  • Pub date: 4 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9780753553749
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Tan France

Tan France has been a successful fashion designer behind-the-scenes for over 15 years, and now steps into the spotlight as the star of Emmy-winning makeover hit, and Netflix re-boot, Queer Eye. Surrounded by an all new cast, France is the witty wardrobe wiz leading the charge in the fashion department and is ready to make America fabulous again one makeover at a time. This experience is so much more than just new clothes to the British born fashion advisor however, it’s about real-life issues, changes and acceptance on all sides.

The epitome of style and class, Tan is the creative mind behind successful brands including the popular ladies clothing lines Kingdom & State and Rachel Parcell, Inc. Prior to his personal success as a designer, he spent his summers working in his grandfather’s denim factory while he secretly enrolled in fashion college in preparation to start a new chapter as a fabulous design star.


Praise for Naturally Tan

“Tan's book is moving, insightful, and hilare. Any bad stories about me are totally untrue, but the rest is brilliant. Best book of the millennium!”

Jonathan Van Ness

“Frank and courageous ... blazes with light and honesty”

The i

“Just when I thought I knew everything about Tan, he hits me with this. His story is so heartwarming, and wickedly funny.”

Antoni Porowski

“Who hasn’t tried the French tuck? Peppered with fashion dos and don’t s, the memoir of arguably Doncaster’s most famous TV export is a must for any Queer Eye fan.”

Evening Standard

“It's full of everything you’d hope to read from Netflix’s most popular fashion expert – styling tips, tongue-in-cheek quips and a candid, conversational dive into his personal life … It’s hard to imagine how readers wouldn’t be touched by at least one of the many stories Tan tells”

Refinery29

“A breezy and refreshingly candid look at the man behind the patterned shirts … a genuinely fascinating life story”

Irish Times

“Naturally Tan is a joy … he doesn’t shy away from topics of homophobia, racism and mental health, and how they’ve touched his life and influenced his decisions. Laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes blunt and always honest, reading Naturally Tan is like hanging out with Tan himself … [it will] inspire anyone wondering how to make their voice heard in a world that doesn’t always want to listen.”

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