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Before 'Queer Eye,' Tan France Had Some Pretty Hilarious Awkward Phases

**Source: huffingtonpost.com

Jul 20, 2018 5:46 AM - 4 weeks, 11 hours, 20 minutes, 55 seconds ago

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‘Queer Eye’ Star Tan France Had Awkward Phases Just Like The Rest of Us

Missy Elliot and Von Dutch were involved.

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"I don’t know why I assumed I was [Missy Elliot], I definitely wasn’t that sassy black woman that sang really well," "Queer Eye" star Tan France said. "That was my dream, I just never achieved it.”

Tan France may be known for his love of the French tuck and floral shirts, but the “Queer Eye” star was taking inspiration from the likes of Missy Elliot and Paris Hilton long before those became key components of his signature style. 

And it wasn’t necessarily a good thing.

France’s personal style didn’t develop overnight. Like the rest of us, he went through a number of awkward phases before finding out what really worked for him. (And for the record, anyone who says they didn’t have an awkward phase is lying.)

“When I was younger, I would wear Timberland boots all the time,” he told HuffPost. “I thought that I was Missy Elliot. I don’t know why I assumed I was her, I definitely wasn’t that sassy black woman that sang really well. That was my dream, I just never achieved it.”

“I moved on from the sassy black woman [in my 20s] and thought I was Paris Hilton, so I was living in Von Dutch and Juicy,” he said. “Yeah, there were many, many women I assumed I could be and then finally I landed on ... who am I now? Maybe Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton and maybe Beyoncé on a Friday.” 

I think clothing has a massive part to play in how you view yourself, how people view you and how you can achieve what you want to in life.

Tan France

Just by looking at his past inspirations, it’s clear that France is well aware of the transformative power of clothing. But he also understands that clothing can be used as a tool to boost confidence and self-esteem, which is something he tries to pass onto the individuals featured on “Queer Eye.” 

“I think that so often, what I do on the show is seen as not as important to their well-being, but I couldn’t see that as more wrong,” he said. “I think clothing has a massive part to play in how you view yourself, how people view you and how you can achieve what you want to in life.” 

In the fifth episode of Season 2, the Fab Five members were introduced to Skyler, a transgender man who wanted a little help refining his style. Spending time with Skyler seemed particularly eye-opening for France. Skyler said they talked for roughly two hours about ...

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