Tan France, a fashion designer known for starting in Netflix series Queer Eye, will deliver a moderated Q&A at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center in Fayetteville. The Q&A is part of a series from University of Arkansas’ Distinguished Lectures Committee, a program in the Division of Student Affairs.
Following the success of Queer Eye, France released his New York Times bestselling memoir, Naturally Tan, which reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, and as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. France also released the first season of his viral YouTube series, Dressing Funny, which features him making over his celebrity friends, including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Nick Kroll, Miranda Sings, Pete Davidson and John Mulaney. He also co-hosts a Netflix competition series Next in Fashion and a MasterClass Style for Everyone. He is the host of the Queer Icons podcast and has a gender-neutral clothing line called, “Was Him.”
With his trademark wit, humor and radical compassion, France will share lessons on creativity and innovation, diversity and inclusion, and what it takes to break down barriers to foster human connection and acceptance.
The event is free and open to the public, but anyone planning to attend in-person must reserve a free ticket. Ticket reservations will be available starting at noon on Jan. 26. A live stream link will also be available. U of A says more information will be shared closer to the event. Any questions about the event should be directed towards Distinguished Lectures Committee Chair Michael Fuhrman at [email protected] or to the Office of Student Activities.
The U of A currently has a mask mandate requiring the wearing of face coverings in all indoor venues. All audience members attending this event will be required to wear a face covering. The event is sponsored by the Distinguished Lectures Committee through the Office of Student Activities and is supported by the Student Activities Fee.
Photo and information courtesy of the University of Arkansas/Tan France.