André Leon Talley. What comes to mind first when one hears his name? Those who follow the fashion industry will surely recognize his larger-than-life presence. Talley is widely recognized for sitting front row at fashion shows and judging episodes of “America’s Next Top Model.” However, Talley’s immeasurable influence on the fashion industry goes far beyond judging the popular reality television show.
Given his work as a fashion journalist, stylist and editor, Talley was a renaissance man in the industry and utilized his influence to promote diversity and change. Talley made fashion less exclusive, and more accessible for those who were