‘Tanveer Wasim Safdar,’ known as Tan France was born on Wednesday, 20 April 1983 (age 40 years; as of 2023) in Doncaster, United Kingdom. Tan France grew up in a stern Pakistani Muslim family in South Yorkshire, England. His childhood was a great misery because of his homosexuality which was viewed negatively in his family. He did his schooling at Hall Cross School. Tan France was entirely inspired by the Disney-themed clothing made in his grandfather’s denim factory, so he chose to study fashion and got enrolled in Doncaster College. Later, he moved to Manchester and then London. In 2015, Tan France shifted to Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Body Measurements (approx.): 40-31-35
Tan France belongs to a stern Pakistani Muslim family culture.
Parents & Siblings
Tan France was born to emigrant Muslim parents who ran taxi offices, post offices, and convenience stores. His grandfather owned a denim factory in Bury, Greater Manchester. He has two older brothers and a sister.
Husband & Children
In 2007, Tan France got married to Rob France, a pediatric nurse and illustrator. The couple got married in London at first and then again in New York City to legalize their same-sex marriage in the US. In April 2021, they welcomed a premature baby boy named Ismail France, via surrogacy, who was kept in NICU for three weeks soon after his birth. In May 2023, the couple announced the arrival of their second son and named him Isaac France.
Tan met Rob France on a dating site. He discussed his love life in an interview and stated,
We don’t really talk about successful gay relationships a lot, it’s not something you see very often in media. I wanted to talk about my love for my husband and how incredible he is and how happy my marriage is.” The Irish Times
Tan France follows Islam.
Tan France started his career as a retail designer at Zara after his college. He then increased his expertise in designing, delivering, and wholesale manufacturing by working with major fashion lines like Selfridges, Chanel, and Bershka. France started with designing menswear but eventually shifted to womenswear. In 2008, he began working in the United States while living in New York City. In 2011, Tan France opened his own fashion brand, ‘Kingdom & State,’ before which he worked as a director at Shade Clothing. Soon after in 2015, he shifted to the US. His brand incorporated clothing designed to meet Mormon clothing guidelines. He later created two lesser remarkable clothing lines. France’s unique designs were acquired by retailers Forever 21 and Modcloth. In 2016, Tan France became the co-founder, designer, and CEO of the Rachel Parcell Inc clothing line, which was sold at Nordstrom.
After selling his businesses, France took an official retirement. Thereafter, Netflix came up with a proposal for him to appear as a fashion expert in the series ‘Queer Eye’ (2018), which resulted to be a boon in his life.
In 2020, France emerged as a co-host along with Alexa Chung in the reality show ‘Next in Fashion’ on Netflix.
He was then seen in the Netflix series ‘Nailed It!,’ which got aired in March 2018. In 2020, France participated in television shows including ‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off,’ ‘The Big Process,’ and ‘Celebrity Family Feud.’ He was part of an American game show called Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered in 2021. Tan France appeared as a judge in an American reality competition series named ‘The Circle’ in 2023.
Primetime Ammy Award
- Tan France was nominated for the ‘Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program’ in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 for ‘Queer Eye.’
Gold Derby Awards
- France was nominated for the ‘Reality Host’ for the series ‘Queer Eye’ in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.
Online Film & Television Association
- He was nominated under the category of ‘Best Host or Individual Performance in a Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Program’ for ‘Queer Eye’ in 2018, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
The Webby Awards
- Tan France was nominated for the ‘Video Variety’ category for the TV series ‘Dressing Funny.’
His net worth is $8 million.
- Food: Chocolate Cake
- Actor: Timothée Chalamet
- Restaurant: Tayyabs, London
- Coffee: Starbucks
- In June 2019, Tan published a memoir titled ‘Naturally Tan,’ which came on the New York Times best-seller list.
- Tan France is a fitness freak. In an interview he said
- In 2019, France designed an eyewear line in collaboration with Eyebuydirect.
- Tan France appeared with several other celebrities in the song ‘You Need to Calm Down by Taylor Swift in 2019 and in the remix version of the song ‘This is Me’ by Keala Settle in 2018.
- He loves cooking and baking and says,
- Tan France doesn’t smoke or drink alcohol.
- Tan is actively vocal about colorism, racism, and Islamophobia, therefore, he presented a BBC Two documentary about colorism titled ‘Beauty and the Bleach’ in 2022.