Andre Leon Talley slams Anna Wintour’s diversity statement as ‘white privilege’
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Andre Leon Talley slams Anna Wintour’s diversity statement as ‘white privilege’

Andre Leon Talley has slammed Anna Wintour’s diversity statement to her staff at U.S Vogue as “white privilege.”

Vogue editors Andre Leon Talley, left, and Anna Wintour attend the premiere of “Sex and the City” at Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 in New York City. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

The editor-in-chief acknowledged in a memo to staff earlier this week that she had not done enough to promote diversity and inclusivity during her 32-year tenure at the fashion publication.

Wintour admitted that “it can’t be easy to be a black employee at Vogue,” and insisted that she would be looking to educate her team on systemic racism.

However, Talley was unimpressed with the 70-year-old’s message to her staff, and called out her “white privilege” during an interview with Sandra Bernhard on her Sandyland radio show.

“The statement that she made, you know, the world of white privilege is complicated,” the former U.S. Vogue editor-at-large stated. “The statement came out of the space of white privilege.

“I wanna say one thing, Dame Anna Wintour is a colonial broad, she’s a colonial dame. She comes from British, she’s part of an environment of colonialism,” he fired. “I do not think she will ever let anything get in the way of her white privilege.”

Talley, who documented his tumultuous relationship with Wintour in his new memoir, The Chiffon Trenches, also claimed that his former friend was affected by Harper’s Bazaar hiring its first black editor-in-chief, Samira Nasr.

“That is news, groundbreaking,” Talley explained. “This has impacted (Wintour), clearly that statement comes because this girl is going to run competition rings around her, her power base has been somewhat affected by the competition of this young African-American presence who is going to be historically the first black female editor of a great, great magazine.”

– Cover Media


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