Andre Leon Talley might be synonymous with Vogue, capes and "America's Next Top Model," but he actually leads a life full of Target, shorts and dolling out fashion advice to the masses. The New York Post profiled Talley, who said that since appearing as a judge on "ANTM," "I'm now recognized at a mall if I go to Target!" That's pronounced Tar-jay.
He also explained that he wears shorts under his capes ("There is a whole cult of people who are wearing shorts to the office, and I didn't embrace that until now") and spoke of his new job as Master of Ceremonies at Manolo Blahnik's sample sale. His task is simply to dish out advice on what looks hot, and what does not.
But the best anecdote might be about ALT's eating habits:
Usually he sticks to meals at the City Limits Diner in White Plains, NY, an unassuming spot complete with a dessert fridge by the entrance. He sometimes eats there seven days a week, three meals a day, according to chef Peter Assue. While Talley normally sits alone and freely doles out contact numbers to aspiring teen fashionistas, Assue admits that Talley can be a "demanding" customer.
He doesn't like to be interrupted mid-chew, and especially not by Republicans, Assue says. And if Talley wants lunch before the kitchen is ready, well, the kitchen staff had better get moving. "It'll be 11 a.m. and he says, 'Get me the chef here right now. I need to have roast chicken!' " Assue says.