Naturally Tan by Tan France

“I hope that in my lifetime, a show like Queer Eye becomes archaic. I hope that there comes a time when there is no need to talk about being queer or gay or Muslim, when “Me Too” is no longer a thing, and racism is no longer happening. I pray we get to a time when all of this feels obsolete.”

p. 239

Hello everyone! This is another book recommendation for Queer Eye fans out there; and a novel that I believe everyone should read because it talks about some important topics that are very relevant today. Tan talks about racism towards non-black POC (he’s Pakistani) that he endured as a child and has continued to face to this day. He also discusses sexuality and what growing up gay was like within his culture and different challenges he experienced as a gay, Pakistani man. He talks about these issues and more through the lens of fashion, as the fashion industry is his passion and his area of expertise on the show, Queer Eye. I hope you enjoy the quotes below and pick up your own copy of Naturally Tan to read on your own life adventure. 🙂 ❤

“If I had been born white, life would have been so much easier. I fantasized all the time about what it would feel like to be a white person–nobody would ever comment about your race and how much that must impact your confidence and mood and attitude.” (p. 14)

“But people of colour are frightfully aware that one person’s actions represent the actions of all of our community.” (p. 15)

“[You] can alter and make things that can serve as an extension of who you are.” (p. 23)

“Clothes you buy at a retail store aren’t for everyone’s body. Jeans can be especially hard to find, so you wind up spending hundreds upon hundreds of dollars for jeans, only to discover they’re not working for you. To anyone currently hunting for the perfect pair: they don’t exist.” (p. 25)

“A lot of us fall into that trap, where you make an effort for everyday people who are insignificant to you. We should make that same amount of effort for our partners, who are the most important people in our lives. They shouldn’t be the ones who get the laziest version of us.” (p. 55)

“I think that when people are in a position of power, they can really affect a person’s mental health, happiness, and career. They don’t realize what an effect they have on their subordinates. Every action you take truly has an effect on your employees, both at work and outside the office.” (p. 81)

“Save the money from the job you have and take the time to think about what you want to do, as opposed to job hunting out of desperation because you just need a paycheck.” (p. 84)

“One thing I say regularly in my life is “Signal your intentions.” How is anyone supposed to know what’s going on unless you signal your intentions?” (p. 99)

“If you want to change that much of a person, they’re not your [freaking] person. This is especially true if the thing you want to change is a fundamental thing, like if the person doesn’t believe in marriage, or doesn’t want kids, or doesn’t share your religion. Your beauty and your humor will not convince him that there is a God. Next!” (p. 100)

“So many of us go through periods where we feel like we’re drowning and we can’t see the forest for the trees.” (p. 124)

“I love a boundary–with friends, with family, and especially with the people who work for me.” (p. 127)

“Women: Stop knocking each other down, and let’s start building each other up. Men are already there to stomp on you; the last thing we need is for women to join in on the act.” (p. 128)

“But the best moments are when you’re you. Please don’t put this pressure on yourself.” (Creator of Queer Eye, p. 144)

“So many times, I think we do things because we don’t want to cause an issue. I wish I had spoken up earlier, instead of going along with something because I thought it was what was expected of me. All I can say is speak up; ask questions. Explain your concerns. It’s the first step in feeling empowered to push forward with your own agenda. The is no reason to stifle yourself! Because as a wise man once told me; the best moments are the ones where you’re you.” (p. 145)

“You’ve got the world at your fingertips! There is no excuse. Go out there and find your style.” (p. 184)

“I’ve had to remind myself time and time again that I don’t have to do anything.” (p. 202)

“…I shouldn’t try to be anything that I’m not. We encourage people on the show to be their authentic selves: “You do you!” “Don’t hide yourself away!”” (p. 206)

“I’ve always encouraged people to live authentically, but I understand all too well how it isn’t always easy. For me, the journey to self-acceptance has been a long one.” (p. 206)

“Because I know that even when anyone is lucky enough t have a burst of success, in any industry, it could fizzle out. Life may seem amazing sometimes, and you may feel like you’re invincible. But whenever I have one of those feelings, I try to breathe for a minute.” (p. 224)

“Being met with success doesn’t mean you’ve earned the right to be opinionated about things you’re not overly informed on, or have thoughts about what other people are doing, especially publicly. No matter your position, I’ve learned that giving your unsolicited opinion is a way to hurt people.” (p. 224)

“To any person who speaks differently to someone else just because they aren’t white, I have to say, you deserve whatever response you get.” (p. 238)

“I’ve gotten more perspective, and I realize I don’t have to say yes to everyone.” (p. 246)

“I have to remind myself that I’m in this job for a reason and that all I can do is focus on doing the best work I can.” (p. 252)

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