will.i.am, andre leon talley,

*Will.i.am is a rising star in the fashion-meets-tech industry, but mentorship from one of fashion’s greats, André Leon Talley, doesn’t hurt, according to NY Post.

Talley joined Will.i.am’s brand, i.am +, last year as its fashion and style director.

“I like the way he carries himself in public. He reminds me of Michael Jackson in a way,” Will.i.am said about Talley.

“[They] have similar qualities in how they hold themselves in public. It’s like this royal pose, this royal posture, this royal cadence in how they move throughout the crowd, the way they sit,” he continued.

“It’s very kingly. It’s very ‘Lord.’ The lord of freshness. The ambassador of couture,” he added. “Everyone else slouches, everyone else just staring at their phone half the time they’re there. But when André Leon Talley’s in the room, he’s in the f - - king room.”