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American Fashion Guru André Leon Talley: I'm Not Gay

Despite making number 45 in Out magazine's 2007 list of the "50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America," former Vogue editor-at-large and fashion guru André Leon Talley told Vanity Fair this week that he's not gay. He did admit however to having "some very gay experiences":


When (Vogue contributing editor Vanessa) Grigoriadis asks Talley if he thought he was gay, even in high school, he responds, “No, no, no. I was just into my magazines and the drawings. I had a very strict upbringing, almost puritanical. I lived there all the way through college. I was in my grandmother’s house, and I respected that!”

Talley tells Grigoriadis that he rejects the “label” and says that, while he has “had very gay experiences, yes, I swear on my grandmother’s grave that I never slept with a single designer in my life. Never, ever desired, never was asked, never was approached, never, ever bought, in my entire career. Never. Not one. Skinny or fat. Never.”

Talley also tells Grigoriadis that he has never been in love with a man—only two women: one a fellow student in Providence, the other a society woman with whom he fell in love after a night of dancing in Manhattan and whose name he declines to share because she later married and had children.

On being single, Talley says, “I just said to a friend, ‘I can create this magic, so why don’t I have a lover?’” But, he tells Grigoriadis, “if I was a couple, I wouldn’t like to stay in the same bedroom. It is very un-chic in Europe to sleep in the same bedroom.”

In the same interview, Talley discusses his weight — “I do not weigh myself… I only know what I weigh from the way my clothes fit."

He also opines on whether his race explains why he's never been the editor of a major fashion magazine — “People stereotype you… What person of color do you know who’s in a position like that, be it a man or a woman, unless it’s Essence magazine?”

Gay Designer Proposes to Partner of 18 Years on 'Project Runway': VIDEO


A visit from Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Project Runway inspires desginer contestant Bradon McDonald to pop the question to his partner in front of the judges.

Check out the heartwarming clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Interview with an Underwear Model: Benjamin Godfre - VIDEO


The Underwear Expert continues its questioning of boys in briefs with model Benjamin Godfre who fills us in on his neck tattoo, his thoughts on marijuana, Polaroid art, his favorite drag queen, his impersonation of a 12-year-old girl, his six-pack, Amanda Bynes, his secret desire involving sushi, tips for selfies, and his favorite brand of underwear.


For past interviews, see Pablo Hernandez, Derek Allen Watson, Greg S, Philip Fusco, Mark MacKillop, Go Green.

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James Franco Throws Shade for Gucci Eyewear


James Franco gives good face in Gucci's eyewear campaign for fall set to debut next month, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. In other Franco news, there are rumors that he may sign on to play himself in the upcoming Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie.

Here's a 'Fur' Coat Made from More Than a Million Male Chest Hairs: PHOTOS


Unable to grow your own chest hair? Don't worry about it—for only $3,900 you can get your own coat of chest hair to keep you warm. Even stranger than the coat is who produced it: a man-focused milk-beverage company.

The Daily Mail reports that "The coat was commissioned by milk drink for men, Wing Co., as a protest against the widespread 'manning-down' of British men, typified by clean-shaven chests and emasculating fashion."

The coat is made from over one million individual chest hairs (from whom? I don't know) and took over 200 hours to produce.

One more shot, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New on the Runway: Pec-Revealing Crop Tops for Men


New look for next summer? NY Mag writes:

London designer Astrid Andersen has found a loophole to "No Shirt, No Service" caveats: a male crop top cropped so high, it also shows nipples...Hats (and shirts) off to Astrid Andersen's men's spring/summer 2014 collection for this valiant effort.


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