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Andre Leon Talley, former editor-at-large at Vogue Magazine and current editor-at-large for Numero Russia, knows a thing or two about the magazine industry. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, he spoke about racism behind-the-scenes in publishing and how it affects him personally:

He does wonder why he has never been the editor of a major magazine. “People stereotype you,” he says. “What person of color do you know who’s in a position like that, be it a man or a woman, unless it’s Essence magazine?”

Andre’s words ring painfully true. A black person was named editor-in-chief of a Conde Nast publication (Keija Minor of Brides) for the first time last year.

The minds behind mainstream magazines seem to believe that blacks aren’t fit for the top job though there are many who meet and exceed qualifications.

Andre also spoke about his love life, weight and relationship with Anna Wintour:

On dating:

“I’ve 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.”

On his weight:

“I do not weigh myself. I do not want to get on that scale. I only know what I weigh from the way my clothes fit. The people who are really close to me and know me have stopped bringing my weight up. They probably discuss it behind my back, some of them, in the fashion world. I have never felt less of a person because of my dramatic weight gain. Up or down, my confidence and sense of self never wavered.”

On Anna Wintour:

“I wouldn’t have stayed at Vogue as long as I did without Anna being there. She was my biggest ally. There could not have been another way.”

Read the full article here.

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  • ruggie

    Andre Leon Talley is brilliant and if it weren’t for racism in the publishing and fashion industries he would be editor in chief of a major magazine by now. Besides that, he is truly dynamic!

  • RaiseTheBar

    Why doesn’t Andre start up his OWN fashion magazine? OR, partner with other blacks in ownership?

    Andre, talk to Lady O, Ms. O, Queen O, Ms. Oprah Winfrey; I’m sure she can give you some invaluable advice about Creating Your OWN.

  • BeanBean

    I really don’t care if blacks head a white magazine. Why is that a goal of ours??? Why do we determine our success based on how many white people things we have? I’d rather see a new magazine created by a black man/woman that is high fashion and inclusive of all ethnicities. That I would be proud about.

    • Sula

      OMG! where is the “LOVE” button when you need it?!