Andre Leon Talley Speaks on Stereotypes & Racism in Fashion

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Former Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley has spoken candidly on how he believes that racism and stereotypes are still issues the fashion industry needs to deal with. He thinks that black people in the industry are often disregarded because there aren’t many other high profile black editors or big name magazine contributors that get enough attention to make a difference or to change  people’s attitudes:

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

Andre doesn’t label himself as gay and says that growing up he had a strict upbringing so he needed to respect that and sex wasn’t something he focused on:

 ”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!”

He also admits that he’s never slept with a designer and would probably never consider dating one either:

”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.”

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