O-P-U-L-E-N-C-E: André Leon Talley’s 5 Most OTT Moments

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If you’ve ever looked up the word “fabulous” in the dictionary, you’d know who André Leon Talley is. The larger than life former Vogue Editor-at-Large is a constant at fashion shows, making sweeping statements in his sweeping kaftans. So when ALT went on record with Vanity Fair, insisting that he’s not gay, many of us were left gagging and clutching our Chanel pearls! After all, queens be pullin’ the biggest stunts. Since this announcement is a surprise to anyone with a pulse, we’ve pulled together five instances of over-the-top behavior that would have us assume ALT swung his Louis Vuitton tennis racket for our team.

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The Capes

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Batman needs to watch his back because Ms. André will snatch that cape right off of it. ALT is not one for subtlety, to put it lightly, so when he wants to add a bit of flair and drama — like any red-blooded, heterosexual man — he opts for one of these beauties.

The Fur

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André Leon Talley would ring PETA himself and tell them that his mink is dragging on the floor, then ask them to come pick it up for him. Because that’s how dudes roll.

The Outshining

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ALT has been snatching wigs since the ’70s so don’t come for him. Especially not in a photograph. No matter the diva, André will slay  them all. And then maybe lay ’em too.

The September Issue

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The September Issue is a fantastic fashion film about what it really takes to work with Anna Wintour. Though he was short on screen time, ALT was long on sass, especially when he had a kiki with fellow kween trapped in a heterosexual body, Vera Wang.

America’s Next Top Model


If you’ve only recently started watching ANTM because of the eye candy then you’ve probably missed the best thing to happen to the show since the whole Tyra v. Tiffany incident. Unlike the other judges, ALT threw in the perfect amount of shade mixed with actual fashion knowledge. Well more shade, but what do you expect from that house?

While we are still asking for the receipts on André’s coming…in(?), whether he’s gay, straight, or whatever he chooses to identify as, Ms. Leon Talley is one the the greatest fashion figures of our time.

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  • NorthTexasGuy

    What kind of society would we be if someone has a thing for shiny fabrics….we all assume the man is gay? Really…

  • ParkerSparx

    If only The Fashion Queens season wasn’t over on BRAVO. I’d love to hear the shade those two would throw.

    Maybe he is asexual and doesn’t consider himself gay or straight.

  • AndrewIB

    I actually think this guy carries of some of his astounding clothes very well, he likes a bit of couture drama and wears it well..that said he’s on shaky ground trying to say he’s straight..Straight guys just wouldn’t..any of it, say it, walk it or wear it..

    No one is going to buy this tag line Andre..give it up, like you did your Cherry fifty years ago before those spiteful male models come forth telling tales of you chasing their tails round the back of the studio.

  • B Damion

    I have admired Andre for many years. He seems to hold his own in a scene full of stick figures. He knows a lot about fashion and he brings with him the same tenacity that Anna Wintour possesses.

    @AndrewIB..I completely agree

  • Polaro

    I declared myself ex-gay for a while as a joke. It went over about as well as this is for ALT.

  • Polaro

    Actually, why would anyone who appears to be a fabulous, stylish, witty gay man ever want to be confused for an effete, unimpressive heterosexual?

  • Kangol

    She’s a Kilimanjaro of MESS!

  • LadyL

    @Polaro: Consider how old he is, where he comes from, and what he was taught about himself. Or was that a rhetorical question?

  • EvonCook

    Have met him. Very, very arrogant, pompous and aloof. Not at all nice as any gay man would be! lol

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