André Leon Talley is getting candid.
To promote the upcoming paperback version of his 2020 novel, ‘The Chiffon Trenches,’ he appeared on the ‘Tamron Hall Show.’ However, the discussion turned toward his possible eviction and the pay inequality he alleges occurs at Vogue.
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Talley has been engaged in a legal battle over his Westchester, N.Y. manse, which was initially purchased by former friend and Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus and husband, Anthony Yurgaitis in what Talley believed to be a rent-to-own agreement.
However, sixteen years later, the couple claimed that the fashion icon owes them over a half-million dollars in rent on the home originally purchased for just over one million dollars, and wants to evict him. Talley has fired back with receipts that claim he has paid over $900,000 to date, as well as making capital improvements to the home.
While the legal battle has prevented him from saying much on the situation, he did tell Tamron:
“As James Baldwin once said, everything in one’s life depends on how that life accepts its limits. I will not be limited. I only can hope for the best outcome that this place that I call my sanctuary will be my sanctuary.”
In the same interview, he went on to discuss the alleged pay inequality that exists at Vogue, saying:
“I just found out two weeks ago from someone of authority that women at Vogue—high, high-rate fashion editors made close to million dollars. I never made that much in a year.”
“I made almost $300,000. But people on the same level, maybe they were doing more work in the fashion photo shoots, but they were making $900,000 a year. They don’t make that anymore; but this is this is what comes when you live in America. When you’re a Black person, you have to wake up and you go, ‘that’s a double standard.'”
Watch Talley dish in full on his possible eviction, pay inequality, and more below…