André Leon Talley Says Anna Wintour Will ‘Never Let Anything Get In The Way Of Her White Privilege’ Following Her Apology For The Lack Of Diversity

André Leon Talley, Anna Wintour

André Leon Talley Says Anna Wintour Will ‘Never Let Anything Get In The Way Of Her White Privilege’ Following Her Apology For The Lack Of Diversity

As previously reported, Anna Wintour released a statement apologizing for the lack of black employees working for Vogue. In her statement that she reportedly sent her employees, she takes full responsibility for the missing representation of black team members working for the fashion publication. As sincere as Anna Wintour appeared to come across in her apology it seems that former Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley isn’t buying it. When speaking about the apology during a recent interview André Leon Talley said:

“The statement came out of the space of white privilege. I want to say one thing: Dame Anna Wintour is a colonial broad, she’s a colonial dame… She’s part of an environment of colonialism. She is entitled and I do not think she will ever let anything get in the way of her white privilege.”

André Leon Talley continued, 

“If you’re going to at least make a statement, name what your mistakes were and own up to it, dear. No apologies necessary, all we want is respect, that’s all we ever asked for.”

This isn’t the first time Talley has called out his former friend. In his memoir entitled “The Chiffon Trenches” Talley gave insight to their relationship. He wrote:





“One day she treats me like a good friend and a colleague, and the next day, she treats me as if she had just handed over her keys to an unknown parking valet.”

Anna Wintour





The book also speaks on the emotional scars Talley claimed to have received from working for Anna Wintour.

“Today, I would love for her to say something human and sincere to me. I have huge emotional and psychological scars from my relationship with this towering and influential woman…she loves her two children and I am sure she will be the best grandmother…but there are so many people who have worked for her and have suffered huge emotional scarring….the list is endless. She has dashed so many on a frayed and tattered heap during her powerful rule.”

What are your thoughts on what André Leon Talley said? Let us know in the comments. 





Authored by: Twila-Amoure McDaniel