Andre Leon Talley said he has "bottled up" his frustration at the racism in the fashion industry over the years.
The former U.S. Vogue editor-at-large discussed his experience of racial inequality during a candid interview with U.K. news show Good Morning Britain, and said that while working in the world of fashion can be glamorous, it's "as cutthroat as any other industry".
"I've always been aware of the injustice against people of colour... I was aware of racism, it didn't happen to me until I got to Paris, where I was applauded and received beautifully by the great giants of fashion - Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy and Karl Lagerfeld," he explained, before claiming he was accused of having affairs with designers by his former boss.
"I found it a very racist statement so I was always aware that as a Black man sitting on the front row of fashion at a very young age, I was there because I was smart, I have degrees, I have my credentials in order.”
He went on to reveal that he was "quietly bottling up" racism until he was fired by Anna Wintour as U.S. Vogue's Met Gala red carpet correspondent in 2018.
"It came out when I suddenly found Anna Wintour taking me off a job at Vogue and never explaining to me why I was removed from the job," he recalled, before stating the editor-in-chief removed him from the role because of his weight.
"When I started my career I was very thin and now I have weight issues and I'm very, very obese and I think Anna Wintour decided I had lived through my days and she never explained it.”
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