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Queer Eye fan Bon Jovi stopped fashion guru Tan France to ask for a selfie

Meka Beresford March 2, 2018
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Fashion guru Tan France has opened up about the sudden fame he’s been launched into after the success of the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye.

The Queer Eye favourite spoke to Page Six about his new found fame.

“It’s the strangest feeling going from complete obscurity. Nobody knew who I was, I was a regular guy, to this week where the likes of Bon Jovi stopped me in a hallway to ask me for a photo,” he said.

Before becoming one of the Fab Five, Tan had never appeared on TV or worked in the entertainment business.

“I was terrified of it quite honestly,” he explained. “So when they offered me the job I thought they were insane.”

The Queer Eye Fab 5

Related: Netflix releases extra Queer Eye makeover for if you’ve already binge-watched season 1

The star felt so out of his depth at one point that he went to the show’s creator three weeks into filming and asked to be fired because he felt he was “ruining the show”.

I went to the creator of the show in tears saying ‘if you need to fire me please just ahead and do it, I won’t sue you guys just let me go’.”

The creator, David Collins, also started crying and told Tan that he was “better than we ever could have expected you to be.”

Colling was right, as “tens of thousands” of people have messaged Tan thanking him for helping to “change their lives”.

The stylist has shown that it is ok to be gay and be a minority and challenge the stereotypes that would have been placed on him.

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“I come from a strict religious background, I come from a middle eastern background. It’s so hard when you are already marginalised, you already come from a minority, group and then to add on another minority group on to that is very difficult,” he said.

The star added that it was important to bring back Queer Eye because when the original aired in the early 2000’s, “it wasn’t the right time to talk about the personal lives of gay men”.

“I don’t think America was ready and I don’t think the world was ready.

“Now, there are no rules as to what we’re allowed to talk about. No restriction on what we’re allowed to talk about, who we’re meant to be.

“We speak to every man every woman every trans person every gay person. We represent different ethnicities, different religions, different cultures.

“I think that’s so important for the world we should represent everyone at this point there is no reason anything should be off the table,” Tan added.

Related topics: LGBT, queer eye, Tan France, US

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