*André Leon Talley, editor-in-chief of Russian style magazine Numéro Russia, is taking time off to celebrate fashion week in New York City.
During his interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, Tailey talks about the blending of hip-hop and high fashion as well as his thoughts on fashion mogul Russell Simmons’ video parody depicting a supposed Harriet Tubman making a sex tape.
Although many hip hop heads such as Jay Z, Kanye West and Russell Simmons have appeared front row during fashion shows, Talley feels Simmons should be banned from front rows of fashion shows this season.
“I think anyone that is a person of achievement on the front row that has achieved a great deal be they black or white is a good thing,” the former Vogue editor at large said.
“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. 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.”