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Andre Leon Talley


  Male      American      Editor

  Born : Oct 16, 1949  


About Author

André Leon Talley (born October 16, 1949) is the former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, listed as Contributing Editor in the April 2010 masthead. Talley has been a front-row regular at fashion shows in New York, Paris, London and Milan for more than 25 years. He uses his influence to promote young fashion designers and mentors young talent in other fields.

Talley was born October 16, 1949, in the community of Hayti, Durham, North Carolina, as the son of Alma Ruth Davis and William C. Talley, a taxi driver. His parents left him with his grandmother, Bennie Davis, who was a cleaning lady at Duke University, Durham North Carolina. Davis, raised him and, he claims, gave him an "understanding of luxury." His grandfather was a “sharecropper”.

Talley grew up in the Jim Crow Era South where the segregation was clear. He recalls “for a long time my grandmother would not allow white people to come into our house. That was her rule. The only white man who ever came into the house was the coroner” His love for fashion was cultivated at an early age by his grandmother, Bennie, and his discovery of Vogue magazine, which he first found in the local library...


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