Queer Eye’s Tan France is to front a new doc on the issues around skin tone and colourism in society, as well as in the fashion, entertainment and beauty industries.

The presenter experienced this phenomenon personally at nine years old when he attempted to lighten his own skin with bleaching cream he found in his relative’s cupboard.

In the one-hour film Beauty And The Bleach (w/t) by Cardiff Productions, Tan will face up to his own experiences in an attempt to seek answers to questions around the public perception of beauty – meeting celebrities, experts, and people affected by the issue.

Tan France says: “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”.

Nasfim Haque, Commissioning Editor, BBC, says: “We are thrilled to bring Tan’s UK TV debut to the BBC, where he will be exploring a timely issue close to his heart and one in an industry he knows so well.”

Narinder Minhas, MD at Cardiff Productions, says: “I’m very excited to be working with Tan on this project. He is an incredible talent with an important story to tell. He’s passionate, and this documentary is the perfect fit for him – raising important questions about colourism and the impact it has on people’s lives across the globe.”

Beauty And The Bleach (w/t) is a 1×60’ for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, is made by Cardiff Productions. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Director, Factual, Arts and Classical Music Television, and Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, and is Executive Produced by Narinder Minhas. The Director is Ashok Prasad and the Producer is Sian Guerra. The Commissioning Editor at the BBC is Nasfim Haque.


Jon Creamer

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