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Ex Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley tears in Anna Wintour and reveals how their friendship ended

Vogue’s former editor-in-chief paints a scathing portrait of his once-good friend and boss Anna Wintour, saying that she is “ incapable of human kindness, ” in his upcoming memoir exclusively acquired by DailyMail.com.

André Leon Talley says he has “enormous emotional and psychological scars” from his decades-long friendship with the magazine’s notoriously icy editor.

The 70-year-old describes that Wintour was frozen last year because he was ‘too old, too heavy, too cool’ for her, he writes in his new memoir The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir, which comes out in September.

Talley claims that there is an “endless” list of writers, stylists and models she has thrown into a “frayed and torn hope” during her powerful reign.

In a blazing passage, Talley, 70, writes: “She’s immune to everyone except the powerful and famous people who fill the pages of Vogue.

“She mercilessly made her best friends the highest in their field.

Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Mr. and Mrs. George Clooney are for her friends. I am no longer valuable to her ‘.

Andre Leon Talley, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue, has revealed that his friendship with Anna Wintour is over. The 70-year-old describes that Wintour was frozen last year because he was “too old, too heavy, too cool” for her. Pictured: An icy-looking Talley with Wintour at the Serena Williams fashion show in February

Talley's dismissal from court of the woman known as 'Nuclear Wintour' is all the more bitter at being so close - and she made his career. That was in 1983 when Talley joined the magazine on his second try after Grace Mirabella, the then editor-in-chief, made him editor of fashion news. Picture: the former friends of the Met-gala in 1999

Talley's dismissal from court of the woman known as 'Nuclear Wintour' is all the more bitter at being so close - and she made his career. That was in 1983 when Talley joined the magazine on his second try after Grace Mirabella, the then editor-in-chief, made him editor of fashion news. Picture: the former friends of the Met-gala in 1999

Talley’s dismissal from court of the woman known as ‘Nuclear Wintour’ is all the more bitter at being so close – and she made his career. That was in 1983 when Talley joined the magazine on his second try after Grace Mirabella, the then editor-in-chief, made him editor of fashion news. Picture: the former friends of the Met-gala in 1999

In an elaborate rant, Talley writes, “Today I would like her to say something human and genuine to me. I have huge emotional and psychological scars from my relationship with this towering and influential woman. ‘

Talley’s dismissal from court of the woman known as ‘Nuclear Wintour’ is all the more bitter at being so close – and she made his career.

When they were closest together, he was one of the few dozen people invited to her wedding, and she performed an intervention because his weight got out of hand.

Talley writes that when he started fashion journalism and Wintour was creative director at Vogue, she became a ‘powerful ally’ of his.

That was in 1983 when Talley joined the magazine on his second try after Grace Mirabella, the then editor-in-chief, made him editor of fashion news.

Talley writes that on the way out he met Wintour and she smiled at him.

The 70-year-old describes that Wintour was frozen last year because he was 'too old, too heavy, too cool' for her, he writes in his new memoir The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir, due out in September

The 70-year-old describes that Wintour was frozen last year because he was 'too old, too heavy, too cool' for her, he writes in his new memoir The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir, due out in September

The 70-year-old describes that Wintour was frozen last year because he was ‘too old, too heavy, too cool’ for her, he writes in his new memoir The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir, due out in September

By the time he got home, she had sent a note to his apartment saying, “Welcome to Vogue. I look forward to working with you. ‘

Talley admits he was “terribly afraid” of Wintour, not least because he met her at the same parties all the time.

Andy Warhol, a friend of Talley’s from his time at Interview, knew he was intimidated by her and would stab him in the ribs and say, “Oh Andre, go say hello to Anna Wintour!”

When Wintour left the US to become British Vogue editor, Talley became Vanity Fair’s style editor under Tina Brown.

Wintour hired him when she returned to America as an editor of Home & Garden magazine and brought him to Vogue when she became an editor in 1988.

Wintour gave Talley her old job as creative director, making him the tallest black man in fashion journalism history and the most important male fashion writer.

At the time, he quickly befriended designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, who would become close friends until they dropped out too.

But his new job gave him unprecedented prestige and respect at a time when Vogue was even more powerful than it is today.

He met royalties, shot photoshoots in the homes of the rich and famous, and included Lee Radizwill, Jackie Kennedy’s sister, among his new acquaintances.

Andy Warhol, a friend of Talley’s from his time at Interview, knew he was intimidated by her and would stab him in the ribs and say, “Oh Andre, go say hello to Anna Wintour!” On the photo: Talley with Warhol in 1981

Wintour gave Talley her old job as creative director, making him the tallest black man in fashion journalism history and the most important male fashion writer. At the time, he soon befriended designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, who would become lifelong friends until they also dropped out. On the photo: Talley with Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger

Wintour gave Talley her old job as creative director, making him the tallest black man in fashion journalism history and the most important male fashion writer. At the time, he soon befriended designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, who would become lifelong friends until they also dropped out. On the photo: Talley with Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger

Wintour gave Talley her old job as creative director, making him the tallest black man in fashion journalism history and the most important male fashion writer. At the time, he soon befriended designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, who would become lifelong friends until they also dropped out. On the photo: Talley with Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger

Talley writes that there was no transitional period when Wintour took over, only “bullet speed and lightnings ahead.”

The meetings were over in eight minutes, and if they lasted more than fifteen minutes, something “seriously wrong.”

The first time he tried to have lunch with Wintour, she announced “let’s go back to the office” before the first course arrived.

Talley speculates that the chefs probably didn’t even bother putting the food on when she arrived because they were so used to this.

Talley disputes some of the things featured in The Devil Wears Prada, the 2006 film purportedly about Wintour with Meryl Streep.

He says that in reality no one was slapping their coats and there was “no vulgar language” – and you certainly weren’t walking around drunk.

But there were expense bills for everything and everything Wintour wore was sent to the dry cleaner, apart from her underwear.

Her kitchen was spotless – because she never cooked.

One of her two assistants had to go home every morning with a copy of the big book, a mockup of the current issue of Vogue, with flowers, presents and all her clean clothes.

Under Wintour’s patronage, Talley received major commissions such as Madonna’s first Vogue cover, recorded in her Los Angeles home in 1989.

When Wintour left the US to become the editor of British Vogue, Talley became Vanity Fair's style editor under Tina Brown. Wintour hired him when she returned to America as an editor of Home & Garden magazine and brought him to Vogue when she became an editor in 1988. Photo: Talley and Wintour in 1996

When Wintour left the US to become the editor of British Vogue, Talley became Vanity Fair's style editor under Tina Brown. Wintour hired him when she returned to America as an editor of Home & Garden magazine and brought him to Vogue when she became an editor in 1988. Photo: Talley and Wintour in 1996

When Wintour left the US to become the editor of British Vogue, Talley became Vanity Fair’s style editor under Tina Brown. Wintour hired him when she returned to America as an editor of Home & Garden magazine and brought him to Vogue when she became an editor in 1988. Photo: Talley and Wintour in 1996

Under Wintour's patronage, Talley received major commissions such as Madonna's first Vogue cover, shot at her Los Angeles home in 1989 (pictured)

Under Wintour's patronage, Talley received major commissions such as Madonna's first Vogue cover, shot at her Los Angeles home in 1989 (pictured)

Under Wintour’s patronage, Talley received major commissions such as Madonna’s first Vogue cover, shot at her Los Angeles home in 1989 (pictured)

Talley claims that Madonna introduced herself by saying, “Hi, I’m Madonna, do you want a blow job?” Talley refused, saying he was “flattered.”

But at some point something changed and Wintour no longer sent him the best assignments.

Talley began to feel that he was “not being treated well,” so he stormed into Wintour’s office and quit, slamming the door on the way out.

He moved back to North Carolina at the house he bought for his grandmother and eventually regretted her death five years after the event by eating a barbecue.

Talley made amends for Wintour when her own mother died and he flew to the UK to attend the funeral where she burst into tears during the eulogy.

Talley stood up and “rocked her in my arms” as they walked out — it was the only time he physically held her.

Talley returned to Vogue as editor in chief, where his weight continued balloons, and one day Wintour called him up and said, “You gotta go to the gym.”

He got a personal trainer and tried the cabbage diet – where you just eat cooked cabbage – but it didn’t work.

Therefore, Wintour intervened with Talley’s predecessor and designer Oscar de la Renta and his wife, who were two of Talley’s best friends.

Wintour explained that Talley’s weight “ got out of hand ” and that he was sent for rehabilitation at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in his hometown of Durham, North Carolina.

But at some point something changed and Wintour no longer sent him the best assignments. Talley began to feel that he was 'not being treated well,' so he stormed into Wintour's office and quit, slamming the door on the way out

But at some point something changed and Wintour no longer sent him the best assignments. Talley began to feel that he was 'not being treated well,' so he stormed into Wintour's office and quit, slamming the door on the way out

But at some point something changed and Wintour no longer sent him the best assignments. Talley began to feel that he was ‘not being treated well,’ so he stormed into Wintour’s office and quit, slamming the door on the way out

Talley lost 55 pounds, but he put it back on and returned to the center three times for a ‘yo-yo battle I realized a long time ago I will never win’.

In 2016, Vogue started a podcast and Wintour announced that Talley was the host. It started as a huge success with guests like Tom Ford, Kim Kardashian, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang.

But it was around this time that things turned sour for Talley’s friendship with Wintour.

He complains that he only gets $ 500 for each episode of the podcast, an amount he calls “peanuts.”

“My car service bills cost so much and more for a return flight from White Plains to One World Trade Center,” where the Vogue office is located, “he writes.

One day she treats me like a good friend and a colleague, and the next day she treats me like she just handed her keys to an unknown parking attendant.

Suddenly the podcast ceased to exist and there was no explanation from Wintour assuming a ‘sphinx-like silence’.

Talley writes that Wintour “so often decimated me with this silent treatment” and “that’s how she solves every problem.”

Talley spoke to Graydon Carter, the former editor of Vanity Fair, and found he wasn’t alone.

Carter supposedly said of Wintour, “One day she treats me like a close friend and colleague, and the next day treats me like she just handed her keys over to an unknown parking attendant.”

In an elaborate rant, Talley writes, “Today I would like her to say something human and genuine to me. I have huge emotional and psychological scars from my relationship with this towering and influential woman …

“… she loves her two children and i am sure she will be the best grandmother … but there are so many people who have worked for her and suffered huge emotional scars … the list is endless. During her mighty rule, she has jumped so much into a frayed and tattered heap. ‘

Talley spoke to Graydon Carter (pictured), former Vanity Fair editor, and found he wasn’t alone. Carter supposedly said of Wintour: “One day she treats me like a good friend and a colleague, and the next day she treats me like she just handed her keys to an unknown parking attendant.”

He writes, “This was clearly a freezing cold business decision. Suddenly I was too old, too heavy, too uncool, I thought, for Anna Wintour. “After decades of loyalty and friendships … Anna should have had the decency and kindness to call me or send me an email saying,” Andre, I think we had a great run with you interviews, but we’re going to try something new ‘

In the spring of 2018, Talley expected to prepare for his red carpet interviews for the Met Gala, but no one from Vogue had contacted him.

When Talley called, he was told that such things were “under” him, but he saw what it was – a not so subtle signal to leave.

He writes, “This was clearly a freezing cold business decision. Suddenly I was too old, too heavy, too uncool, I thought, for Anna Wintour.

“After decades of loyalty and friendships … Anna should have had the decency and kindness to call me or send me an email saying,” Andre, I think we had a great run with you interviews, but we’re going to try something new. ‘

“I had accepted that … I understand; nothing lasts forever. Simple human kindness. No, she is not able ‘.

Talley, who is clearly still injured, writes that “Anna was the most important woman in my universe for many years,” but now she had “put him on the doorstep.”

I wonder if she feels miserable when she goes home at night. Does she feel alone? I hope she will find a way to apologize before I die.

In October, Wintour did not wish Talley a happy birthday as usual and considered their friendship “officially over.”

The following month, he sent her a birthday email – she did not respond.

Talley writes, “I wonder if she goes home alone at night. Does she feel alone?

Anna is so powerful and busy; she just put me out of existence. Now she treats me like a former employee, short greetings, never more than dutiful greetings. ‘

Talley called Wintour “ruthless” and writes that “the Empress Wintour has disappointed me in her humanity.”

With a dramatic flair, he writes, “My hope is that she will find a way to apologize before I die, or if I linger before I pass over, she will appear at my bed with an outstretched hand in mine clutched and say I love you. You have no idea how much you have meant to me ‘. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Anna Wintour ‘.

In the spring of 2018, Talley expected to prepare for his red carpet interviews for the Met Gala, but no one from Vogue had contacted him. Talley has nothing but disdain for his replacement as a Vogue red carpet interviewer at the Met Gala last year, which seems to be referring to YouTube star Liza Koshy (pictured). He writes bitterly, “What does this talented YouTuber have to offer?”

Talley says moving Vogue to One World Trade Center was the “beginning of the end” for the old guard like him. Grace Coddington (pictured), one of the magazine’s longest-serving editors, stayed at the Ritz and got a city car with driver. Now she has to queue in long lines at the taxi ranks of airports in Europe, Talley writes, adding, “It seems so hard and worthless.”

Talley has nothing but disdain for his replacement as a Vogue red carpet interviewer at the Met Gala last year, which seems to be referring to YouTube star Liza Koshy, 24.

He writes bitterly, “What does this talented YouTuber have to offer?

“She didn’t know what a martingale back is for a one-seam Balenciagia jacket? Or did she know that Katie Holmes’ Zac Posen dress, which was worn with great elegance and built with great engineering, was a tribute to master architect Charles James?

“Like an extinct dodo bird. my brain, rich and full of knowledge, has been banished to the history books’.

Talley says moving Vogue to One World Trade Center was the “beginning of the end” for the old guard like him.

Grace Coddington, one of the magazine’s longest-running editors, stayed at the Ritz and got a city car with a driver.

Now she has to “queue in long lines at taxi ranks at airports in Europe,” writes Talley, adding, “It seems so hard and worthless.”

Polly Mellen, who had been in Vogue for 30 years, had a retirement party in Barneys’ basement, which horrifies him.

Talley calls this “ageism at its worst” and says “we are the dinosaurs of Vogue, an endangered species.”

He says that the magazine’s publishers, Conde Nast, “are special in his ability to spit out people … you are fired without ceremony, such as at the Sun King’s court … it is not a place of great empathy for humanity’.

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