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 Porowski
In 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.”
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
On Queer Eye, style expert Tan France comes off as the most reserved of the Fab Five, which makes his outspoken memoir a delightful surprise. Naturally Tan offers a sassy and revealing look at France’s life as a closeted gay teen in a strict Muslim household, the stresses of starting his own clothing line, and the love and support he found through his marriage to a Utah cowboy. Along the way, he dispenses enough useful style tips—guys, stop with the V-necks!—to make us feel like we’re spending the day gossiping in a luxe boutique.
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.
Tan is a lovely human being and I thoroughly enjoyed getting a peak inside his mind in this book. What a great person.
Wish I could do 10 stars!
Honest, human, respectful, joyful!What a ride, and what a read. Thanks for sharing, Tan.
Queer eye rocks
I absolutely love queer eye it is totally the best show ever you have to watch it!!!