• Ryanne Harper


This week, I'm featuring one non-fiction book. You may know him from Queer Eye, but here's your chance to really get to know him. Available now, Naturally Tan by Tan France

"This 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 one another, the healthier and happier the world will be."

- Tan France

Naturally Tan begins with baby Tan and a little family history. His parents were born in Pakistan and moved to the UK as teens in the 1950s. There, they met, fell in love, and got married. Coming from a culture that often encourages arranged marriages, marrying a person of your own choosing because you love them was quite controversial.

Look, I'm on page five and there's already a cute little story about how Tan had a very impressive Barbie collection growing up simply due to sibling rivalry. Tan is naturally endearing, and, though I didn't intend to read the entire book, I'm now going to. See? This is why I have to switch to featuring one book a week because I end up wanting to read all of them.

Before he became the fashion expert he is today, he spent time working in his grandfather's denim factory - I wonder if those even exist anymore. I would kill for some real, actual denim. - secretly signing up for design school, and working behind the scenes in the fashion industry for almost two decades. With the show, and this book, Tan hopes to bring to light real issues, changes, and acceptance. And that's really what a makeover is all about, right?

So far, my favorite thing about Tan is that he abhors boot cut jeans. I could not agree more. If you aren't going with a straight leg, you may as well go all the way and bell, okay. But what do I know? I wear overalls 90% of the time and my favorite tee shirt is thirty years old and has an inappropriate, yet hilarious, beer slogan on it.

Using humor and wit, Tan tells his story of growing up gay and South Asian in Yorkshire England in the 1990s.

Interested in knowing more about Tan? I've now read eight pages and have dropped his last name entirely like we're friends. You can get the book here.

Want to see what I recommended last week? Here's a hint: I co-wrote it. Read the blog here.


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