This is a book that I challenge you not to read in the Jonathan’s dulcet tones – in fact, he even makes reference to the fact that, as a reader, you may be doing exactly that.
Anyway, down to business: book two of ‘Non-fiction November’ is ‘Over The Top’ from another star of my beloved ‘Queer Eye’. Jonathan Van Ness is responsible for grooming on the show (just in case you have never seen it – which, of course you have). However, he does not make his tale about ‘Queer Eye’. I mean, do not get me wrong, it gets a mention, but it is not the full focus of the book. This is a bit of a warts-and-all telling of the journey Jonathan Van Ness has been on to become who he is today.
This not a book for the faint-hearted, as Jonathan is honest about the demons and struggles he has had in his life. However, it is told, at times, with humour and always with strong emotion. This is not a sob story, but it will allow you to build even nore respect for Jonathan.
An interesting point was that Jonathan presents meeting Karamo very much as Tan did in his book. And the way that they talk about their time on the show suggests they are really the team that we see on the screen – which makes me happy!
I feel that putting this book together was an important step for Jonathan Van Ness on his journey, and I am so glad that he has put pen to paper, because it will be a story to help others.
I love Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’ – my dream would be to hang out with the Fab 5! But, as that it is all it is – a dream – I will have to read books from the boys instead!
So, I have started that journey with Tan France and his autobiography, ‘Naturally Tan’. I loved every single second of this book and if I had to take a break from the book I could not wait to get back to it.
This is an insprirational read as Tan so openly shares his experiences about growing up in the North of England: the horrible experiences of racism, but also the confidence that he had in who he was (even if that was not the person culture dictated to him). However, he did exactly what he wanted to do, found his place, found his husband and has been on quite a journey finding his place in the Fab 5. Although, the first impressions he had of the boys is quite a revelation. Thank goodness those impression changed – and Antoni is defintely good looking – haha!
Throughout, Tan also offers fashion advice (of course he does); my favourite is the fact that the perfect jeans don’t exist. (This is an important lesson after 35 years). Although, the most important is the fact that confidence and what makes you feel confident will always present the best you to the world.
Tan France has certainly come across as an inspiration. Someone who values love, values the success he has achieved and the friends he has made.
So…be more Tan!