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Andre Leon Talley Tells VANITY FAIR He DOES NOT "Identify" As GAY, Is Not Defined By His Weight, & Hints Race Is A Factor In Him NOT Being EIC Of VOGUE

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In the 2013 September issue of VANITY FAIR, Andre Leon Talley, the legendary former Editor-At-Large of VOGUE talks candidly about his personal life, professional career and offers women some "critical" advice about fashion.  See that Andre revealed inside....

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Andre Leon Talley opened up to VANITY FAIR for their September issue (HUGE deal) about his long tenure in the fashion world including his legendary stint at VOGUE and his current position at Numero Russia.  He's also very candid about his love life, revealing that he's never been in love with a man, but has loved two women.  Well, that's shocker for ya.  One was a fellow student in Providence and the other a society woman whom he fell in love after a night of dancing.  

He also revealed he had "very gay experiences."  Whatever falls under that category...

Here are the other highlights, and yes, he brings up race in the fashion world.....

On being single:  

“I just said to a friend, ‘I can create this magic, so why don’t I have a lover?’” But he adds.....“if I was a couple, I wouldn’t like to stay in the same bedroom. It is very un-chic in Europe to sleep in the same bedroom.”

On fashion advice for women:

“The world has become too casual, and people have become lazy. There was a time when people went on the airplane with gloves. It’s about gloves, O.K., darling? It’s about gloves. Listen.”

On if he identified himself as a gay man while growing up:

"No, no, no. I was just into my magazines and the drawings. I had a very strict upbringing, almost puritanical. I lived there all the way through college. I was in my grandmother’s house, and I respected that!”

On dating in the industry:

"I've had very gay experiences, yes, I swear on my grandmother’s grave that I never slept with a single designer in my life. Never, ever desired, never was asked, never was approached, never, ever bought, in my entire career. Never. Not one. Skinny or fat. Never.”

On his friendship with Anna Wintour:

“I wouldn’t have stayed at Vogue as long as I did without Anna being there. She was my biggest ally. There could not have been another way.”

On his weight:

“I do not weigh myself. I do not want to get on that scale. I only know what I weigh from the way my clothes fit. The people who are really close to me and know me have stopped bringing my weight up. They probably discuss it behind my back, some of them, in the fashion world. I have never felt less of a person because of my dramatic weight gain. Up or down, my confidence and sense of self never wavered.”

On whether race has affected his career:

“People stereotype you. What person of color do you know who’s in a position like that, be it a man or a woman, unless it’s Essence magazine?”



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I applaud Leon Talley's

I applaud Leon Talley's success as to maintain a position of note in such a vitriolic industry must take some perseverance. However, on the level of a black man I feel his contribution has been woeful and somewhat reminiscent of those Black eunuchs in Royal courts. This is the prime example of somewhat dragging the ladder up behind him with such speed. How wonderful that the likes of Oprah, Spike Lee & Bill Cosby did not adhere to such behaviour. It is interesting that Vogue-Conde Nast have gained so much from Black Talley's tenure in being able to show their very visible larger than life commitment to diversity; while he was eager to remain the only one for fear of sharing the limelight.
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He's right people dress like

He's right people dress like homeless, classless, ghetto, poor trash nowadays. Women have no pride anymore.
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I totally agree about women

I totally agree about women and fashion. Women are too casual, but it's the sign of the times. Especially, in Hollywood, the only time actresses/singers ever put any effort into dressing up is for Awards shows, and even that is becoming lazy attire. Glamor is gone from Hollywood. Too laid back, and super slutty or casual. People speak of these "fashion icons", well I see actresses/singers that dress cute, but nothing like wow. Kerry Washington was a total BOSS during her Django European Press Tour, and especially on Scandal, her overall wardrobe is lady-like chic, when she's out in public. The for the last year the Sheikah Morzah of Qatar , is by far the Best Dressed Woman in the World. Pure Class and Sophistication, and stands out. So yeah I totally agree with Talley, women have become lazy when it comes to fashion.

Girl, please...his biggest

Girl, please...his biggest barrier to VOGUE EIC is not race, its Anna Wintour. That chick know how to claim her territory. Truth be told...Grace Coddington should have had that spot eons ago. Anna keeps those allies (competition) just within arms reach and nicely feed, to avoid a coup!

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