News that the one-time America’s Next Top Model judge, Andre Leon Talley, will no longer be contributing his ‘Life With Andre’ column to the print edition of US Vogue and will only be involved in the digital side of the magazine has reached Grazia Daily.
Here at Grazia HQ we are maja fans of Andre Leon Tally - aka ALT. There are many and varied reasons why we so ardently heart ALT. First up, did you know his first job was assisting Andy Warhol? Or that he is Mariah’s BFF and has even cameo’ed in Carey’s ‘Say Something’ video? All this is in addition to his roles in the Sex and The City movie and appearances as himself in The September Issue and Valentino: The Last Emperor.
Talley recently announced that he was to take up a new Editor-at-Large position at Russia’s Numero magazine, and has been spotted sitting with his new team over the past fashion month - so it's perhaps little wonder that he will be scaling down his responsibilities at US Vogue.
A spokesperson for the magazine told The Cut that André Leon Talley "will remain a contributor on the [magazine's] masthead and will be focused on digital and online," but would no longer write his "Life With André" column for the print edition. Sadfaces all-round.
Explaining his move to WWD, Talley was typically straighfroward: "About Vogue: I've been there for 30 years, it was a tough decision when I went to talk to Anna about this. I'm proud to say I’m going to be 64, I felt I needed more financial security as I go in my twilight age, a little bit more cash for mortgages and as I go into retirement. I took the job because I love Russia and the salary was something fabulous. Money isn't everything but it is when you start thinking about putting money away for your retirement days ... Anna was very sympathetic and understood."
We love you Andre - and hope that salary really is something fabulous!