‘Queer Eye’ expert Tan France lands new show ‘Next in Fashion’

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Queer Eye fashion expert Tan France, who co-presents "Next in Fashion" on Netflix, says he is living a lifelong dream.

"Funny enough, when I signed with my agency when I got" Queer Eye, "they asked me what my dream job would be. I said a fashion contest," France, 36, tells The Post. “Being the host or a judge would be my last dream. I love what I do in ‘Queer Eye but it's not fashion, it's more style."

France co-presents "Next In Fashion" with Alexa Chung. More than 10 episodes filmed in Los Angeles, 18 fashion designers compete to win a $ 250,000 prize and the opportunity to open a collection with luxury retailer Net-A-Porter. The guest judges are a rotating cast of industry giants, including Tommy Hilfiger and Adriana Lima.

"We have some really strong hitters in our program that add so much seriousness to what we are offering," says France. But he believes that the program can also attract viewers who are not fond of fashion.

"I loved the blown glass show [‘Blown Away’] and I have no interest in blowing glass, "he says." I think the atmosphere [of ‘Next in Fashion’] It is very positive and feels like an extension of competence of what we do in "Queer Eye". We are trying to clarify what our trade is about. "

Tan France and Alexa Chung present the new Netflix series
Tan France and Alexa Chung are the hosts of the new Netflix series "Next in Fashion".Adam Rose / Netflix

France, who is British-Pakistani but lives in Utah with her husband, illustrator Rob France, rose to fame when Bravo's "Queer Eye" (a restart of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") debuted in 2018. Although Netflix It does not publish audience statistics, the popularity of the series is shown in Instagram followers of France (more than 3 million) and its presence in pop culture (it has appeared in a Taylor Swift music video and in all major talk shows).

"I didn't think that many people would watch" Queer Eye " [when it first came out], so it surprises me when I travel internationally and find so many people so excited to tell me what they like, "he says." That will never grow old. As for my personal life, it hasn't changed massively. I still live in my same house, I still live I have my same friends, I go to the same restaurants, gym, supermarket. "

France says it has no plans to move to a more typical city of the entertainment industry like New York or Los Angeles.

“Salt Lake City is my favorite place on earth. I know people find it so strange, ”he says. “But it makes sense to me. I was not from the entertainment world; I've only done this for a couple of years, and my life outside of work is really very simple. The part of my life's work is what changed so drastically. Because now, when I'm on the street or filming the show, people often know my name. That's a feeling you really don't get used to. "

France is also the first man in South Asia openly gay, and was a gay Muslim man, on television.

"Is it sad that it took us so long to reach a point where gays in South Asia are represented? Yes. However, I don't take that responsibility lightly," he says. "I would like to make sure to act constantly taking into account my community [and] Not only me. That makes it incredibly high pressure, but I would like to believe that I am in a position where I can wear that mantle relatively well and responsibly. "

Meanwhile, apart from "Next in Fashion", France has a fifth season of "Queer Eye" in the can (there is no release date yet).

"We finished a few months ago, and my God, it's good! It was based in Philadelphia," he says. "It feels tonally different from our other seasons. Every season I think" I don't know what heroes we could know that could make us behave differently or Learn more about ourselves. "But we do."

Tan France with her
Tan France with his co-stars "Queer Eye" (from left) Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown and Antoni Porowski.Christopher Smith / Netflix