Tan France

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Tan France
Tan France, 2018-06 on MTV International.jpg
France in 2018
Born
Tanveer Wasim Safdar

(1983-04-20) 20 April 1983 (age 36)
Doncaster, England
ResidenceSalt Lake City, Utah
Alma materDoncaster College
Occupation
  • Fashion designer
Years active2011–present
TelevisionQueer Eye
Spouse(s)
Rob France (m. 2007)

Tanveer Wasim "Tan" France ( Safdar; Urdu: تنوير وسيم فرانس‎;[1] born 20 April 1983)[2] is an English fashion designer, television personality, and author.[3] He is currently the fashion expert for the Netflix series Queer Eye.[4]

Early life[edit]

France was born and raised in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England to Muslim Pakistani parents.[5] France commented on how he was raised in a very strict Muslim household and how his sexuality was increasingly viewed negatively in his upbringing. France's interest in fashion began at a young age, inspired by the clothing that was made in his grandparents' factory for Disney.[1][6] He attended Hall Cross School and later Doncaster College where he studied fashion[7] before moving to Manchester and then to London.[8]

Career[edit]

After graduating from college, France began working for Zara.[6] He has also worked for Selfridges among other retailers to learn more about the wholesale business side, and finally for the Chanel brand to learn more about manufacturing. "I wanted to diversify my experience, learning everything from design to delivery to wholesale." He became managing director in his early twenties. [1] He was company director at Shade Clothing before he opened his solo company.[6]

France started working in the United States in 2008 before officially moving there in 2015.[8] In late 2011, France founded a women's clothing line, Kingdom & State.[9] France is also a partner in the 2016-founded Rachel Parcell clothing line.[10]

France appeared in the music video for Taylor Swift's song "You Need to Calm Down".[11] In an interview with the ITV programme, This Morning, France mentioned that after starting work for Netflix, he's gone on to sell his businesses.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Tan currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his husband, Rob France.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

France is currently the fashion expert on the Netflix series Queer Eye which premiered in February 2018. The second and third seasons were released in June 2018 and March 2019.

Year Title Role Notes
2018–present Queer Eye Himself Main, 25 episodes
2018 Nailed It! Himself Episode: "3, 2, 1...Ya Not Done!!"
2018 Don't Watch This Himself Episode: "Antoni Psycho"
2018 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Fett Ragoso Episode: "I'm Making Up for Lost Time"
2019 Lip Sync Battle Himself Season 5, Episode 1

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Dressing Funny Himself YouTube web series

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist
2018 "This Is Me (The Reimagined Remix)" Keala Settle, Kesha, & Missy Elliott
2019 "You Need To Calm Down" Taylor Swift

Books[edit]

France released a memoir, Naturally Tan, in June 2019 through St. Martin's Press.[14] It is about his experience growing up "gay in a traditional Muslim family, as one of the few people of colour in Doncaster, England." He also writes about "his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and how he finally came out to his family at the age of 34, revealing that he was happily married to the love of his life: a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City." [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Shores, Lindsey (13 October 2013). "British fashion in Utah with Kingdom & State". Herald Extra: The Mom Click. Herald Communications. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  2. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916–2005, Name: Tanveer Wasim Safdar Mother's Maiden Surname: Minhas Date of Registration: Apr–May–Jun 1983 Registration district: Doncaster Inferred County: Yorkshire Volume Number: 3 Page Number: 0788
  3. ^ Ross, Sophie (7 February 2018). "The One Thing You Should Never Wear to a Wedding, According to Tan France of 'Queer Eye'". The Knot. XO. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Netflix Press Release". Netflix. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  5. ^ Bahler, Kristen (20 February 2018). "'Queer Eye' Star Says Getting Dumped Helped Launch His Career". Time. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Melody (8 December 2014). "An interview with Tan Safdar, Owner and Designer at Kingdom & State". Omika. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  7. ^ Thomas, Chris (8 December 2017). "Meet the Five Fab Men of Netflix's Queer Eye Reboot". Out. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  8. ^ a b Mulkerin, Tim (21 February 2018). "Tan France on his hopes for a second season of Queer Eye and the thousands of DMs about his hair". Mic. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Kingdom & State – About". Kingdom & State. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Rachel Parcell Collection". Rachel Parcell. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  11. ^ Grady, Constance (17 June 2019). "An annotated guide to Taylor Swift's star-studded "You Need to Calm Down" video". Vox. Archived from the original on 17 June 2019. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  12. ^ "This Morning". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  13. ^ Sarner, Lauren (21 February 2018). "How a Muslim immigrant became the breakout 'Queer Eye' star". New York Post.
  14. ^ Amazon.ca. "Naturally Tan". Amazon.ca. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  15. ^ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40174034-naturally-tan

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