Television personality and fashionista Tan France of Netflix’s Queer Eye has written his first book, Naturally Tan.
France covers hot topics such as race, sexuality, and depression while also getting in-depth on some lighter topics like (unsurprisingly) fashion, dating, and shoes. What makes the book so unique and inspiring is France himself. His tone of voice, his compassion, and his blunt attitude make the reader feel like she’s a friend or at least an interviewee.
France, an Englishman with a heritage in Pakistan, is one of the first openly gay, Muslim men on television right now. Throughout Naturally Tan, he talks about his struggles with being himself in a society that looks down on a lot of what makes him who he is. Above and beyond his heritage and sexuality, though, France makes the book more about providing the inspiration to be who you are than about glorifying himself for being who he is.
The book, like its title and author, is full of smart and witty phrases, anecdotes, and advice (both fashion and life) from France. While it can often read like a stream of consciousness, or even a one-way conversation, Naturally Tan has the intrigue and momentum to keep you reading.
France is a voice we don’t often hear from, even in our more modern (and we hope) progressive age, but it’s one we need to hear more of.
Slated for release from St. Martin’s Press on May 14, 2019, you can preorder a copy of Naturally Tan by Tan France at your local bookstore.
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FTC Disclaimer: This book was given to me in return for a fair and honest review of the text.