André Leon Talley, former Vogue editor and America’s Next Top Model judge, dies aged 73

Fashion journalist and former editor of Vogue André Leon Talley has died at the age of 73, OK! reports.

Citing TMZ, the paper says he passed away in a New York City hospital on Tuesday 18 January following a battle with an unspecified illness.

André is remembered for being a key figure in Vogue’s history as he drove the magazine’s direction in the 1980s and ’90s. He then worked his way up to become news director, a role he held from 1983 to ’87.

His success only grew as he worked his way up to creative director for the company and stayed in that position for seven years.

Alongside his print career, the star took on the role of judge on America’s Next Top Model between 2010 and 2011.

He’s also featured in several TV shows, including Sex and the City, where he played a Vogue executive, and Empire.

Following the news of his passing, designer and pal Diane von Furstenberg shared a tribute as she wrote: “Goodbye darling André … no one saw the world in a more glamorous way than you did. No one was grander and more soulful than you were.”

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