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Monday, July 6, 2020

Naturally Tan by: Tan France

  • Published: June 4, 2019 by St. Martin's Press
  • Genre: Memoir
  • Edition: Hardcover
  • Pages: 288
  • Rating: 3.5 stars

In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and marrying the love of his life―a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City.

From one of the stars of Netflix’s runaway hit show Queer Eye, Naturally Tan is so much more than fashion dos and don’ts―though of course Tan can’t resist steering everyone away from bootcut jeans! Full of candid observations about U.S. and U.K. cultural differences, what he sees when you slide into his DMs, celebrity encounters, and the behind-the-scenes realities of “reality TV,” Naturally Tan gives us Tan’s unique perspective on the happiness to be found in being yourself.

In Tan's own words, “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.”

It wasn't until about a month ago that I had even heard of the Netflix show, Queer Eye. I know, I know! However, I have recently been playing the game of catch-up and have made it to season four of the hit show; I've almost made it y'all! 😂 But before I get off-topic, let's focus on the reason you have landed on my blog: this review!

This quote is found on the first page of this book and once I read it, I immediately wrote it down and knew I was going to use it for my upcoming review. There are still individuals in our society that believe when it comes to a person's sexual orientation, it is chosen and not inherited; with the author saying this, it allows those who believe in this ideology to perhaps have a change in thinking. 

I must start off this review by saying that France's memoir could not have been more authentic and true to his character! Tan is known on and off the show as being a fashion guy and it is no different when it comes to narrating the story of his life; he opens the book with his Pakistani origin and ultimately leads readers to present day while managing to weave in his fashionista advice as the majority of his chapters are named after articles of clothing.

This autobiography is fast-paced, wrapping up in less than three-hundred pages; it is fun as the author's husband is the one to thank for the adorable illustrations between chapters; and it is straight to the point with no sugar-coating on the author's part. Readers will fall in love with Tan even more after reading this book! I highly recommend it for those who love the Netflix show, for those who love memoirs, or for those who love diversifying their reading preferences.

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