André Leon Talley (born October 16, 1949) is the former American editor-at-large of Vogue magazine, listed as Contributing Editor in the April 2010 masthead. His parents left him with his grandmother, Bennie Davis, who was a cleaning lady at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina.
Talley has also served as international editor of Russian Numéro. Davis raised him and he claims he was given an "understanding of luxury." His grandfather was a sharecropper.
In 2007, he was ranked 45th in Out magazine's "50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America".
In 2008, Talley advised the future First Family on fashion, and introduced Michelle Obama to the Taiwanese Canadian designer Jason Wu from whom she bought several dresses including her inaugural gown.
When Barron was first born, she used to say: ‘I’m going off to play with Barron.
I just want to spend time with Barron.’ So, in a way, I think that she’s maintaining her privacy with him and maintaining a kind of dignity because she’s not making statements.
It turns out, there was quite the shakeup among André Leon Talley’s friends earlier this year when he said some very nice things about one Melania Trump.
Get ready for super-cinched waists, hourglass silhouettes and pencil skirts.He went on to work at Women’s Wear Daily and W, from 1975 through 1980.He also worked for the New York Times and other publications before finally landing at Vogue, where he worked as the Fashion News Director from 1983 to 1987 and then as Creative Director from 1988 to 1995.In the mid-2000s, an intervention was initiated by Anna Wintour to get Talley to lose weight.As seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show, he eventually lost a great deal of weight, and was eating more healthily.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. The only white man who ever came into the house was the coroner." Talley was educated at Hillside High School, graduating in 1966, and North Carolina Central University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature in 1970.He was later granted a scholarship to Brown University, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in French Studies in 1973.At Brown, he wrote a thesis on Charles Baudelaire and initially planned to teach French.Beginning in 1974, he worked at Andy Warhol's Factory in New York City and at Warhol’s Interview magazine for a week.That same year he volunteered for Diana Vreeland at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.