A Wintour under fire!
Anna Wintour may be a household fashion icon name, however, the Vogue editor has lately come under some harsh criticism following the release of André Leon Talley's tell-all book, The Chiffon Trenches.
Talley created the memoir to show his time spent as acting editor-at-large at Vogue, and more specifically and shockingly, acting best-friend of Wintour for 30 years.
The fashion blogger got candid about his opinions on the e-mail Wintour shared with her staff in regards to diversity and representation within the Vogue community.
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At the forefront of media outlets following the Black Lives Matter movement, much-needed conversations around advocacy and equal opportunity have gripped the nation, calling major corporations and businesses to take a hard look at the diversity that lies within their staff.
An apology laid out by Wintour was leaked to PageSix, and Talley critiqued the e-mail saying that Wintour is a reflection of white privilege, and shared his idea as to what prompted her to send the e-mail in the first place.
"Recently, she who is the dame of American Vogue made a statement," Talley said to Sandra Bernhard as a part of SiriusXM Radio Andy segment.
"I want to say, also, as she made this statement, the announcement of the first Black female editor at Harper's Bazaar, Samira, that is news, ground-breaking. This has impacted [Wintour]," he said.
He then goes on to suggest that Wintour's "power-base has been somewhat affected by the competition of this young, African-American presence."
In her e-mail, Wintour says that she takes "full responsibility" for not hiring enough Black writers and contributors to the magazine. Furthermore, Wintour also said that she acknowledges what her Black employees must be feeling in the wake of George Floyd's death.
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Talley didn't buy it. "The statement came out of a world of white privilege. I want to say one thing: Dame Anna Wintour is a colonial broad," he said. Mic drop.
"She’s a colonial Dame," he continued. "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.
"Own up to it, dear," he added. "All I’m asking for his human decency and kindness."
Talley then went on to discuss how he feels the protests, riots, and publicity of the movement is an "amazing" historic push, adding the world "is not going go back to the way it used to be after this period of civil unrest."
Talley then powerfully stated what quickly became the motto for the Black Lives Matter movement: "Get your knee off our necks!"
Watch the full interview below! To find out how you can help, visit Black Lives Matter.