Tan France is a television personality and the fashion guru and style expert of Netflix’s Queer Eye series. Born Tanveer Safdar, Tan grew up in a strict Pakistani Muslim family in South Yorkshire, England. When he was seven years old, he visited his grandfather’s denim factory and fell in love with fashion. Tan held on to that feeling throughout his adolescence, altering and elevating his own clothes at home before eventually studying fashion in college.
As an adult, Tan moved to London and worked corporate jobs for major retailers like Zara, Selfridges, and Chanel. After taking a leap and moving to the United States, he struck out on his own as a fashion designer, starting the fashion lines Kingdom & State and Rachel Parcell Inc. By 33, Tan was successful enough to be able to sell his businesses and retire comfortably.
In 2018, Netflix cast him in its reboot of the makeover show Queer Eye, which became a popular, Emmy-winning sensation. Tan became one of the most visible, sought-after personal stylists in the world—and made history as the first openly LGBTQ South Asian man on television. Tan also co-hosted the fun and fast-paced 2020 Netflix fashion design competition series, Next in Fashion alongside Alexa Chung.