cover image Naturally Tan: A Memoir

Naturally Tan: A Memoir

Tan France. St. Martin’s, $27.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-250-20866-8

France, the fashion guru of Netflix’s Queer Eye, loves an “I told you so,” as he makes very clear in this feisty and affecting memoir. In covering his rise to Emmy Award–winning stardom from his beginnings as one of the few Pakistani children in his small town in South Yorkshire in the 1980s (and the bullying he endured there), France writes of his misguided dream of being a Bollywood star (he can’t act or dance) and of launching a successful clothing brand before receiving a call from a talent manager for Queer Eye. Peppering his memoir with fashion advice that sometimes borders on harsh (“If you’re wearing Crocs and you’re worried about being single, all you have to do is look down at your feet”), France gives fans of the reality series an inside look at what goes into his fashion choices on the show (including the “French tuck” style of wearing a shirt he popularized). The chapters, which can shift abruptly between themes (a chapter on mouthwash is followed by a chapter on Bollywood), are each marked with appealing illustrations that highlight the stylist’s chic sense of flair. France’s charming anecdotes and candid opinions exhibit no shortage of humor, and fans of the TV personality will revel in the peek into his colorful history. [em](June) [/em]