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‘Vogue’ fashion journalist and icon André Leon Talley has died at the age of 73: NPR

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André Leon Talley, a former editor of Vogue magazine, speaks with a reporter at the opening of the "Black Fashion Designers" exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York on December 6, 2016. Seth Little / AP hide caption

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André Leon Talley, a former editor of Vogue magazine, speaks with a reporter at the opening of the "Black Fashion Designers" exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York on December 6, 2016.

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Fashion journalist and icon André Leon Talley died Tuesday at a hospital in White Plains, New York. He was 73.

For decades, he was the great creative director and editor of Vogue magazine, considered the fashion bible.

At 6 '6 ", Talley held court in the high fashion world. Wearing gorgeous tailored suits, robes, capes and caftans, he was a royal presence." You can be aristocratic without being born into an aristocratic family, "he would say.

In his memories Chiffon graves, published in May 2020, Talley wrote about being raised by his grandmother in the secluded Durham, North Carolina. He said going to church with her triggered his passion for fashion.

"I saw style in church," he told NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates the same month. "I saw style in my grandmother's sisters. They were all beautifully dressed. The church was the core of the church of our lives. Church attendance was essential to our existence."

He also told NPR that when he was young, he was abused by at least one man in his neighborhood. "I did not want to tell it to my grandmother because I knew what it was, it was very dark, it was wrong - but that I would be blamed for it," he said. "And the other person, the perpetrators, would not."

Talley kept quiet about it and continued his studies. He majored in French literature at North Carolina Central University and then received a master's degree from Brown. After high school, he went to New York to study at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With an introductory letter from a classmate's father, he met the legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland. She then introduced Talley to Andy Warhol, and that's how they started working for Interview Magazine. He also worked on W, New York Times and Women's clothing daily, where he was its office manager in Paris.

It was before his long reign at Vogue. Talley's last official Instagram post noted that he had been close to other fashion icons: Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso, Diane von Furstenberg, who wrote a tribute on social media: "Goodbye, darling André. No one saw the world in a more glamorous way than you did.No one was bigger and more soulful than you were.The world will be less happy.I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years ... I miss your loud screams ... I love you so much."

Talley was also a major figure in the LGBTQ + community, but somewhat of a unicorn in the fashion industry. He told NPR that his presence confused some: "I was smart and I showed it," he said. "It goes back to when people can not figure out who you are and are afraid of you - and when you bravely, with confidence, show who you are for the world, some people are just afraid to suddenly see someone high and black. came to the surface. "

Talley said he endured racist slander, but he kept his head high. "You do not make a loud noise. You do not scream. You do not get up and say, 'Look, I'm tall. I'm black and I'm proud. You just have to do it. And then it's recognized, and on. it somehow affects the culture. "

His influence could be felt at the Met galas, where he was a correspondent on the red carpet, and further America's next top model, where he was a judge. His influence could be felt at Vogue, where he wrote about Michelle Obama and the first black photographer to shoot one Vogue cover over. Talley's influence could also be felt on the fashion runways, where he pressed for the inclusion of more black designers and models.

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