Tributes pour in for fashion icon André Leon Talley who died at 73

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André Leon Tally has passed away.
André Leon Tally has passed away.
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Fashion journalist and former Vogue creative director, André Leon Tally has died.

According to TMZ, the 73-year-old passed away at a New York hospital on Tuesday. He had been battling an unknown illness.

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Talley began his career at Vogue in 1983 and was named the creative director of the fashion magazine, five years later in 1988. He later became the editor-at-large of the magazine.

(L-R) Nigel Barker, Tyra Banks, Vogue Editor-at-La
Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Tally. (Photo: Getty Images)

Instantly recognisable in his glamorous, flowing robes, the fashion icon was also known for advocating for diversity in the fashion industry. He also served as a judge on four seasons of America’s Next Top Model and was the author of two memoirs: A.L.T.: A Memoir and The Chiffon Trenches.

(L-R) Nigel Barker, Tyra Banks, Vogue Editor-at-La
(L-R) Nigel Barker, Tyra Banks, Vogue Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley and Jay Manuel attend the CW Network Reality launch party at SL on February 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)

In the books, he opened up about his history in fashion and how sexual abuse and race impacted his career, friendships and life.

Taking to Instagram to confirm the sad news, his PR agency, TAA PR, announced his passing and mentioned the legend’s achievements in their tribute.

“It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear friend and client, the indomitable Andre Leon Talley on January 18, 2022 in New York. Mr. Talley was the larger-than-life, longtime creative director at @voguemagazine during its rise to dominance as the world’s fashion bible…,” they began.

“…May God bless and keep you, Good Sir! You will forever be missed @andreltalley,” they concluded.

(L-R) Nigel Barker, Tyra Banks, Vogue Editor-at-La
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Since the news of his passing, many of his industry peers, friends and fans have taken to social media to share their tributes.

Here’s what they had to say.

(L-R) Nigel Barker, Tyra Banks, Vogue Editor-at-La
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(L-R) Nigel Barker, Tyra Banks, Vogue Editor-at-La
Twitter screenshot.

(L-R) Nigel Barker, Tyra Banks, Vogue Editor-at-La
Twitter screenshot.

(L-R) Nigel Barker, Tyra Banks, Vogue Editor-at-La
Twitter screenshot.

(L-R) Nigel Barker, Tyra Banks, Vogue Editor-at-La
Twitter screenshot.

(L-R) Nigel Barker, Tyra Banks, Vogue Editor-at-La
Twitter screenshot.

(L-R) Nigel Barker, Tyra Banks, Vogue Editor-at-La
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