You may have heard of André Leon Talley. As a contributing editor at fashion bible “Vogue”, he’s Anna Wintour’s right-hand man who’s been a front-row fixture at fashion shows in New York, London, and Paris for nearly three decades. 

During New York Fashion Week, Talley told The Grio that Russell Simmons had no business sitting in the front row at some of this year’s most highly anticipated fashion shows after his Harriet Tubman sextape fiasco

“I don’t think Russell Simmons should be seated on anybody’s front row this week after having done that disgusting Harriet Tubman sex tape,” Tally said. “He is a man of great achievement. He is a great philanthropist — why would he think it would be an honorable thing to do? He said he thought it was funny. That is not funny, it is outrageously disrespectful to the legacy and history of Harriet Tubman and to the struggle.”

Late last week, Simmons responded in a Twitter rant in which he says that his track record in the fashion world speaks for itself.

russellsimmons091613.jpg 

Read this online at http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/09/russell_simmons_to_black_gay_fashion_icon_ive_done_more_for_blacks_in_fashion_and_gay_rights.html


Thank you for printing out this Colorlines.com article. If you liked this article, please make a donation today at colorlines.com/donate to support our ongoing news coverage, investigations and actions to promote solutions.