Tanweer Wasim “Tan” France is an English fashion designer. He is one of the Fab 5 from “Queer Eye” on Netflix. Tan is the fashion expert on the series.
I really didn’t know a lot about Tan before reading his book. I had heard of the Netflix series, “Queer Eye” but had never watched it.
Tan was raised in a traditional Muslim family in South Yorkshire, England. If you ask him when he first knew he was gay, he’ll tell you he’s always known. He loves women, but he never thought of them as an option for his romantic future. Tan never felt that his feelings were wrong or that he had to put a stop to them, but explains what it was like growing up. Tan always knew he’d marry a man. Of course, he didn’t know it would be a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City.
Tan didn’t care much for school but still managed to get very good grades. Getting to and from school was dangerous due to the threat of physical violence from the groups who yelled racial slurs at Tan and his siblings on a regular basis.
Tan gives us insight into his first relationships as well as his marriage to husband, Rob. His love for Rob really comes across and is lovely to read about. He talks about the casting process for “Queer Eye”, how he became one of the “Fab 5”, and some other bits about the show and his cast mates.
I liked the PSA’S (public service announcements) about T-shirts, jeans, and more. There is some relationship advice (First Date Do’s and Don’ts), some advice about employment (Tan had over 30 jobs), some “How to be a Good Boss” advice, and of course some great fashion tips. I know that Tan would probably hate my “well-loved” sweatpants and how often I wear them. Oh and if Tan is ever coming over to your house? HIDE YOUR CROCS! I know they are ugly, and many people hate them (especially Tan) but they are just so damn comfortable.
The book took me longer to read as I kept stopping to Google something or watch something on YouTube or Netflix. I stopped so I could watch an episode of “Queer Eye” because I wanted to see Tan in action. I ended up binge-watching the first season. I loved it. When Tan would mention something that happened in an episode I had to go find it. When he talked about their appearance on “Lip Sync Battle”, I had to go watch that too.
I really did enjoy learning so much about Tan. His witty writing style was fun to read.
“Naturally Tan” was funny and entertaining, but it was also emotional and thought-provoking. Tan comes across as a kind, sincere, and unique person. He doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously. He tells us about his own anxiety and insecurities and talks about how it can be strange giving advice to someone on the show when he didn’t always feel so confident himself.
I’m really happy that I read this memoir. I’m now a big fan of Tan France and “Queer Eye”. I love Tan’s accent and I think the audiobook will also be great, especially if he is the narrator.
I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.