Tan France: The Man With An Agenda
Queer Eye is everything. I can honestly say I have watched every single episode at least once, if not twice, or maybe even three times. I just can't get enough. Every man on that show, I genuinely makes me feel like a smarter, more equipped-to-deal-with-situations human being. Whatever will take me to that next level. ya know? But genuinely, it's my intense love for fashion guru, Tan France, that completes the addiction.
If you don't know who Tan France is, let me give you a quick run down. Tan France is Queer Eye's Fashion Expert and all around great human. He's a Muslim Pakistani English fashion designer, who currently resides in Utah with his adorable partner, Rob, and Tan is the person that comes running at the first sign of a fashion crisis -- and much, much more.
The Men of Queer Eye
Tan talks about his early life in an interview with Conde Nast saying, "As a kid, we got a lot of American shows—usually a New York or L.A.-based show full of glitz and glamour—and I assumed that that was what life was like in the U.S. So, when I was 17 I decided to go to America. I’d never been out of the country other than to Pakistan, which is where my family is from, and I told my mom I was going to my friend’s house in Leeds for a week, which was 45 minutes away on a train. My friend then told her mom that she was coming to my house for the week, and we both packed our bags and went to New York." From that point on he knew US was the place for him, and now he resides in Salt Lake City, with his partner.
Tan goes on to talk about how Queer Eye is about more than just giving a man a fitted suit. It's about showing different perspectives, making people understand that different is good, not bad. He states, "My in-laws live in Wyoming, in a town of 1,000 people—their closest neighbor is half a mile away, and they live on a ranch. I think, partly, that’s why I got the show. I told a story about my father-in-law, who had never met a person of color in real life, and had never met a gay person other than his son, who had only come out a couple of weeks before [his parents] met me. I managed to convince my mom-in-law and cowboy father-in-law that I was the best person he could ever have for his child, to the point where he gave us away at our wedding. If I can do that, then I can convert any straight man in the South into believing that we’re there to help. To truly believe that we’re there to help."
Tan France & Client
New York Post
Tan has reached so many people with his work on Queer Eye, and we aren't talking about his fashion sense. Tan states, "I have a very specific agenda on this show, and that’s showing people that I’m just as worthy of love as my white counterparts—my white, straight counterparts. When I go into these conversations with these men, it’s to educate them on who I am. To say, "I’m just the same as you." Yes, I know I’m gayer; yes, I know I’ve got a different skin color. Yes, I know I’m a certain religion. Yes, I know I’m an immigrant. But look at all the similarities we have."
We see you Tan, and the rest of the Fab Five, you have not only captured our attention, but our hearts too.
Keep doing you, boo.
Read the full Conde Nast interview here.
Written by Aubrey Rojas