Queer Eye’s Tan France Talks New Netflix Series, Memoir, And More

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Tan France is everywhere and we love it. In addition to his continuing role as the fashion guru on Netflix’s Queer Eye, France is also balancing two other Netflix series, promoting his new book, and leading the charge once again for a charity suit drive with Men’s Warehouse.

Let’s talk about his growing role on Netflix. Queer Eye debuted a brand new, Season 4  trailer this week ahead of the show’s July 19 return. The feel-good, tearjerker has also been renewed for two more seasons. But while Queer Eye might have put France on everyone’s radar, he’s not keeping his stellar fashion advice to just one show. He recently completed filming of season one of Netflix’s Next in Fashion, a reality show co-hosted with Alexa Chung that’s set to premiere in 2020.

France’s third Netflix project is already making the rounds online. Dressing Funny, a web series airing exclusively on YouTube, shows France with some of the biggest names in comedy. “I take a comedian shopping each episode, and it’s different from Queer Eye because you see a sassier side of me since I’m dealing with show-business people. It’s just genuinely a very funny show,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Some of the comedians I’ve had on include John Mulaney, Ali Wong, and Nick Kroll. And this week’s episode is with Tina Fey.”

Throughout July, France is spearheading the Men’s Warehouse Suit Drive to help men and women re-enter the workforce. The company is offering store discounts for those who donate gently used apparel at its more than 700 stores across the U.S. Donated items will then be distributed to nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping men and women find jobs and careers.

“This is definitely an extension of what I do on the show,” France said. “I’m encouraging people to use clothes as a vehicle for change and view themselves differently and give them the self-esteem they may be lacking.”

Stepping out of the TV world, France recently released his book Naturally Tan, which discusses his childhood growing up in a Pakistani Muslim family in England and the way his life has changed in the last year alone. France said writing the book gave him an opportunity to reflect on his life thus far.

“The lovely thing about being able to look back when you’re writing a book is that you remind yourself of all those times from being a kid, and to relive and process those feelings was really cathartic,” he said.

That’s a lot for one person to handle at one time but France is up to the challenge. He’s passionate about his work and excited to keep exploring new opportunities. “I’m having the time of my life, my head’s still spinning,” he said.

Stephanie Coats
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