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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Book Review: Naturally Tan by Tan France

I had seen the first season of the new Queer Eye when I read this (and yes, second two is high on my to watch list now!) And I think that helps but it's not necessary. But in case you don't know, Tan is the fashion guru on the new reboot of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (now just Queer Eye) on Netflix. This is the first truly global show, appearing in 190 countries. And he's the first openly gay Muslim South Asian on TV.

But this isn't about the show. Don't get me wrong--it's not one of those memoirs that annoying ends way before the fame you bought the book because happens. But it's more about the rest of his life. After all, Queer Eye has only been around for the last year. And there's a lot more to his life than that. It's about growing up different, about fearing rejection from your culture because of who you are, it's about finding love where you least expect, and about coming to success from less-traditional angles. I did love the bit about the 30 jobs he had before he was 25.

He's funny and snarky and sweary (he's British--they swear a lot). He will give a few fashion tips but it's not a fashion book. Yes, of course he will talk about the French Tuck. But he'll also talk about his family and growing up in England and about his first long-term relationship, which is when he learned that to be a good partner, you have to take care of yourself (and for the record, he was the one being a slob.)

It's a quick read, fun, but also eye-opening, and please don't wear those boot-cut jeans out of the house. I understand they're comfy--I have a pair for at-home-wear-only. But they're not flattering. And Tan wants you to always look and feel amazing.

This book is published by St. Martin's Press, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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