Naturally Tan by Tan France

The new memoir/ advice guide from Queer Eye's Tan France is laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes blunt, and always honest

Book Review by Sim Bajwa | 23 May 2019
  • Naturally Tan by Tan France
Book title: Naturally Tan
Author: Tan France

Part memoir, part commentary and advice on all things style, love, work and politics, Naturally Tan is a joy. For those unfamiliar with Tan France, he’s the ‘style guy’ on Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye, and the first openly gay, British-South Asian man on a mainstream, global TV show.

He tells us what it was like to grow up in a close-knit Muslim community in small town Yorkshire, and how he always dreamed of bigger things, first convinced he was going to be a Bollywood star, and then determined to succeed in the world of fashion. It’s an interesting, entertaining look into his life before Queer Eye, how he set up his own businesses, and eventually settled down in Utah with his Mormon cowboy husband. He doesn’t shy away from topics of homophobia, racism, and mental health, and how they’ve touched his life and influenced his decisions. It’s also clear that he takes the unexpected role of representative for South Asians with great responsibility and hopes to pave the way for more people who don’t fit the mould.

Laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes blunt and always honest, reading Naturally Tan is like hanging out with Tan himself, as he celebrates personal acceptance, rejoices in his marriage, his family, and his friends. His memoir will absolutely appeal to Queer Eye fans, as well as inspire anyone wondering how to make their voice heard in a world that doesn’t always want to listen. 

Virgin Books, 6 Jun, £16.99