Andre Leon Talley, Former 'Vogue' Editor-At-Large, Is Not 'Gay'
Andre Leon Talley isn't gay.
Or at least he doesn't embrace the label. The former right-hand man to Vogue editrix Anna Wintour is profiled in the September issue of Vanity Fair.
Here's an excerpt:
When Grigoriadis asks Talley if he thought he was gay, even in high school, he responds, “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!” Talley tells Grigoriadis that he rejects the “label” and says that, while he has “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.”
Talley also tells Grigoriadis that he has never been in love with a man—only two women: one a fellow student in Providence, the other a society woman with whom he fell in love after a night of dancing in Manhattan and whose name he declines to share because she later married and had children.
Andre, that closet is packed with too many furs. Don't try to fit into it!
What do you think of Talley's "very gay experiences" but rejection of the "gay label," Instincters?