Tan France Biography

Tan France, also known as Tanveer Wasim Safdar, is a renowned fashion designer turned television personality and writer from England. He gained fame as one of the ‘Fab Five’ queer experts on the popular Netflix series ‘Queer Eye’, where he showcased his expertise in fashion. Additionally, he hosts the web series ‘Dressing Funny’ on Netflix’s YouTube channel and co-hosted the reality show ‘Next in Fashion’. Tan’s journey in the fashion industry includes the launch of ‘Kingdom & State’, a clothing line that adhered to Mormon dressing guidelines for women. Notably, he is recognized as the first openly gay Muslim person of South Asian origin on US television, serving as an inspiration for the underrepresented Asian gay community. In 2019, Tan published his memoir titled ‘Naturally Tan’. Currently residing in Salt Lake City, Utah, he shares his life with his husband, Rob France.

Quick Facts

  • Name: Tanveer Wasim Safdar
  • Age: 40 Years
  • Gender: Male
  • Nationality: British
  • Occupation: Fashion Designer
  • Height: 5’9″ (175 cm)
  • Ancestry: Pakistani American
  • City: Doncaster, England
  • Spouse/Ex-: Rob France

Career

After studying Fashion in college, Tan France started his career as a retail fashion designer. In the beginning, he worked for fashion chain Zara, and later took up roles in major fashion lines like Selfridges, Chanel, and Bershka to diversify his experience in designing, delivering, and wholesale manufacturing. His career in the United States of America began in 2008 when he was based out of fashion capital New York City. In 2015, he moved to the US. After being Company Director at Shade Clothing, he launched his unique fashion line for women called ‘Kingdom & State’ that followed the Mormon clothing guidelines. He followed this up by launching two other lesser significant clothing lines. Eventually, his styles found favor with retailers like Forever 21 and ModCloth who purchased his designs. In 2016, he became the co-founder, fashion designer, and CEO of the Rachel Parcell Inc clothing line, which sells at Nordstrom, an American luxury departmental store.

Rise to Stardom

Tan France eventually sold off his businesses and retired. However, Netflix approached him to appear as a fashion expert on ‘Queer Eye’ in February 2018, which became a turning point in his career. He became a household name, gracefully advising regular people, usually men, on the show on how to dress and get a fashion makeover. In 2019, he made a special appearance alongside several other celebrities in Taylor Swift’s song ‘You Need to Calm Down’, which advocates for equal rights for everyone, including homosexual people. In 2020, he appeared in a special charity edition of the British television baking competition ‘The Great British Bake Off’ to raise funds for ‘Stand Up To Cancer’. He is currently co-hosting the reality show ‘Next in Fashion’ on Netflix.

Representation and Memoir

Tan France is one of the most famous homosexual Muslim men on Western television. With his global stardom, he represents hope for the gay Asian community that often faces social ostracism. He published his memoir, ‘Naturally Tan’, in June 2019.

Family & Personal Life

Tan France was born Tanveer Wasim Safdar on April 20, 1983, in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, to Pakistani Muslim parents. He attended Hall Cross School and later studied fashion at Doncaster College. During his teen years, he assisted his grandfather in manufacturing denim for Disney and other brands, which sparked his interest in fashion. He also learned to cook at a young age.

Growing up in a conservative Muslim South Asian family, Tan had to dress modestly to hide his sexual preference. He faced physical and verbal racism throughout his childhood but found acceptance from his family later in life.

He met his husband, Rob France, on a work trip in January 2008. Rob is an illustrator from a strict Mormon family. The hardships they faced in their similar strict religious upbringing brought them closer. They maintained a long-distance relationship and married in the US after the Defense of Marriage Act was overturned in 2013.

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