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Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France

Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France

Naturally Tan by Tan France is an interesting glimpse into the Queer Eye star’s life. He discusses his childhood, young adult years, and his rise to fame in this honest and inspiring memoir. His positive outlook and his ability to be frank comes through in this narrative, making it an instant favourite for his fans.

“So many times, I think we do things because we don’t want to cause an issue. I wish I had spoken up earlier, instead of going along with something because I thought it was what was expected of me. All I can say is speak up; ask questions. Explain your concerns. It’s the first step in feeling empowered to push forward with your own agenda. There is no reason to stifle yourself! Because as a wise man once told me: the best moments are the ones where you’re you.”

― Tan France, Naturally Tan


‘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.

“But I was good at running really f*cking fast – my hundred-meter spring was bananas. Racism sucked, but it encouraged me to run faster than the bullies. That’s the only silver lining you’ll find in this chapter.”

― Tan France, Naturally Tan

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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.

“Until I met Rob, I thought, Relationships are miserable. Relationships are hard. But there are things about relationships that make them worth it. Now, I see that I was completely f*cking wrong. You should expect to be happy every day. Anyone who says marriage is hard might need to see someone. My marriage is the easiest thing in my life. Other things are hard, and the thing that makes everything easier is my marriage. That’s not to say that a marriage is without challenges, but hard should not be your general state.”

― Tan France, Naturally Tan

Find Tan France’s memoir, Naturally Tan here.