Tan France, author of his own memoir, Naturally Tan, says Tina Fey's "Bossypants" is one of his favorite books.
Queer Eye fans unite! Karamo Brown announced on Instagram yesterday that he has co-authored a children’s book called I Am Perfectly Designed with his son Jason “Rachel” Brown.
Jonathan Van Ness, known primarily from the Netflix reboot Queer Eye, will release a memoir titled Over the Top through HarperOne! Jonathan’s natural star-power makes you fall in love with him immediately while watching Queer Eye (where he’s half the appeal of the show, IMO!) but he came from a humble start:
Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix’s hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan was growing up in a small Midwestern town that didn’t understand why he was so…over the top. From choreographed carpet figure skating routines to the unavoidable fact that he was Just. So. Gay., Jonathan was an easy target and endured years of judgement, ridicule and trauma—yet none of it crushed his uniquely effervescent spirit.
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Jonathan Van Ness is a man of many talents—he also hosts a podcast called Getting Curious and stars in the video series Gay of Thrones. In each one of his projects, Van Ness makes it a point to be open and proud about his sexuality, but it wasn’t easy to get where he is now. HarperOne tells fans that the memoir “uncovers the pain and passion it took to end up becoming the model of self-love and acceptance that Jonathan is today.”
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This makes his memoir even more important, since even though it’s “easier” to be gay (or otherwise non-heterosexual) in America today, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Van Ness’s memoir will provide readers with a glimpse into the realities of his life, and will make his transformation into the icon we know and love even more admirable.
Van Ness’s memoir will be released September 24th, 2019, but in the meantime, fans can binge the next season of Queer Eye, which will be available through Netflix on March 19th, and read the memoirs of his costars! Many of the Fab 5 have already released memoirs or are working on them… The only member without any mention of a book is Bobby, who should definitely get to writing!
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If you are loyal Bookstrs, you may already known that the “Fab Five,” the five hosts from the amazing American reality show Queer Eye are going to have their collaborative book sharing their thoughts about the show and their lives. However, according to the Salt Lake tribune, Tan France, the fashion guru in the Five, is writing his own book, an autobiography about his journey from growing up as a gay Muslim in South Yorkshire, to a hugely successful and happily married man, finding his passion for love and his beloved Mormon husband.
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Scheduled to be released on 16th May 2019, Tan France: Love, Family, Queer Eye, and What I Wore will explore France’s private journey from being born to Pakistani immigrants and raised Muslim in the South Yorkshire to moving to America, becoming a successful fashion designer, and meeting his beloved Rob France, getting married, and moving to Salt Lake City. As a famous TV show host and a internationally successful fashion designer, France came out to his parents at age of thirty-four, ten years after he’d married a Mormon, and has journey through a the tangled web of identities: religion, ethnicity, gender, and class. This memoir will examine Tan France’s past, present, and future, and, as he indicates:
[It will] definitely include some stuff that I don’t normally talk about…I’m just writing exactly how I felt the last thirty-five years and what I’ve gone through to get to this point…I mean, it’s as personal as I’m willing to go. I still like my privacy. But I do think that this story is important for people who haven’t seen representation like this before…The 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 each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.
— Tan France (@tanfrance) August 20, 2018
Tan France is now shooting the new season of Queer Eye in Missouri after the show recently won three Emmys, for casting, editing and as outstanding structured reality program. Though his career as a TV star is busy, France’s writing process is currently going well. In a phone interview with Salt Lake tribune, when he was asked about his feeling in writing his first book, he humorously responded that:
Right now, it’s not difficult because nobody’s read it. Ask me again when the book actually comes out, and — depending on how people respond to it — I may find it quite difficult.
I’m wholeheartedly looking forward to France’s book. As Virgin Books, the confirmed publisher for Tan France, said, this autobiography will contain humorous and poignant personal essays which not only share France’s life, fashion advice, and funny lists, but also explore male sexuality and toxic masculinity from a unique angle. I believe this life-writing will be thought-provoking, sincere, and humorous, as France’s performance－his professional vision about fashion and infectious sense of humor－shown on Queer Eye.
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Are you fans of Queer Eye and the Fab 5? Check this out! The five hit cast of the Netflix 2018 show, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, are set to release their lifestyle book, QUEER EYE: Love Yourself, Love Your Life, on November 13.
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The book will contain five sections based on each of the cast members’ area of expertise: food and wine, grooming, design, fashion, and culture. In each section, the Fab 5 will offer pieces of advice, similar to the tips they give on the show. Moreover, the book will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the show and their pre-Queer Eye lives.
Tan France, the show’s fashion expert, said:
I love that the audience who reads this book will get a greater insight into things that we did on the show but for me, it’s way more about them getting to know us more…I think the reason why this show has been so successful is they’re not just connecting with the heroes, they’re connecting with us five.
Karamo Brown, the culture expert, added:
You get to hear a little bit more about our little relationships, the way that we are in between scenes, and you’ll get to see photos of that as well…I think sometimes throughout us giving help and showing people how to live their lives in a better way, they also just kind of want to know, ‘What are the five of us like?’ and they’ll get that information.
Although each member of the five masters his own section, they are still open to comments and feedbacks. France shared:
I think it’s important with this book that we do cover the topics that we cover on the show because it’s an extension of the show, but we’ve never shied away from discussing the things that were important to us…We’re so much more than just what we represent in our verticals and that’s another facet of the show that our audience seems to appreciate so much.
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I’m excited to hear about the new book! Find out more about the Fab 5 here!
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