Doncaster's Queer Eye TV star lands new BBC show

The new documentary will focus on the topic of skin bleaching and how it impacted Tan’s own life after a regrettable experience when he was just nine years old.

By Laura Andrew
Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 2:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 2:43 pm

Beauty and the Bleach is a new documentary that will star Doncaster’s own Tan France.

Famous for his role in the beloved show Queer Eye on Netflix he is embarking on a more serious television project.

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Tan has a new show.

He will deep dive into how skin tone is seen in society, fashion, beauty and the entertainment industries.

Tan will share his own experiences which includes a skin bleaching attempt when he was nine years old – he found a bleaching cream at home and attempted to lighten his skin.

Tan France told the BBC: “I know that sadly my story isn’t unique, and so many people around the world have felt a burning desire to lighten their skin.

"But now is the time to question that. I want to find out why colourism is still so prevalent, and why people feel the need to change their skin colour when it’s already beautiful.

"This film has the chance to show people they’re not alone, and that they can - and should - love the skin they’re in”.

In the new show Tan will confront his past and explore the deep topic with experts, celebrities and other people who have shared similar experiences.

The documentary will be one hour long and available to watch on BBC IPlayer and BBC Two.

There is not currently a release date.

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