Andre Leon Talley takes Miss Universe

24 August 2009

We revealed last week that American Vogue editor-at-large, Andre Leon Talley, was to judge the Miss Universe contest in the Bahamas, which aired in the States last night. There were pledges of world peace, claims to save dolphins and heart-rending declarations of love for all mankind – well, we assume there were, but unfortunately we couldn’t watch it in the UK. Just so that you get an idea of the man himself though, check out the clip below. We intently followed Twitter to find out how ALT got on in his first role as a judge and it seems that he was a hit – although his outfit not so much: ‘ANYONE ELSE DISAPPOINTED ANDRE LEON TALLEY DIDN'T WEAR HIS CAPE?’ BryanBoy on Twitter. Instead he went for a spread collar white shirt. His question of the evening? ‘In many parts of the world, obstacles still exist that stop women from achieving their goals in some corporations. What can women do to overcome this?’ The rather disappointing answer from one pretty contestant was that women have 'reached the same level as men' and 'we must realise that there are no longer barriers amongst us'.Hmmm, not sure about that, but she was put on the spot I suppose. The crown eventually went to Miss Venezuela, Stefania Fernandez, 18, who cried, shook and generally over-reacted to the news – well, this is Miss Universe after all. ALT was a hit, so let’s hope that this encourages TV producers to give him his own talk show – how amazing would that be?!


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