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Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley Doesn’t Want to be Labeled as ’Gay’

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Monday Aug 12, 2013
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Andre Leon Talley, who formerly served as Vogue magazine’s editor-at-large, told Vanity Fair he does not want to be labeled as "gay."

Contributing editor Vanessa Grigoriadis for Vanity Fair asked Talley, 63, if he thought he was gay when he was in high school.

"No, no, no. I was just into my magazines and the drawings," he said. "I had a very strict upbringing, almost puritanical," he said. "I lived there all the way through college. I was in my grandmother’s house, and I respected that!"

Talley added that he rejects the gay label but said he has had some "very gay experiences," the British newspaper the Daily Mail reports.

"[Y]es, I swear on my grandmother’s grave that I never slept with a single designer in my life," he said in the Vanity Fair’s September 2013 issue. "Never, ever desired, never was asked, never was approached, never, ever bought, in my entire career. Never. Not one. Skinny or fat. Never."

Talley added that he has never been in love with a man, but has been in love with two women, one of whom was a socialite. He said he fell in love with her after an evening of dancing in Manhattan.

Talley is now listed as a contributing editor for Vogue and has been in the front rows at fashion shows in New York, Paris, London in Milan for 25 years. He was also a judge for the Tyra Banks reality show "America’s Next Top Model."

As the Huffington Post reports, Talley was named placed No. 45 on Out magazine’s 2007 "Power 50" list of LGBT icons. HuffPo also reports that fashion designer Tom Ford also rejects being labeled as gay.

"I hate to use the words ’gay’ and ’straight,’ and I think we’re all on some sort of sliding scale," he told British Vogue last year. "Of course, I’m at the Richard Buckley end of the scale, but I hate that gay/straight thing."

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