Fashion News Alert: Billie Eilish’s British Vogue Cover, Andre Leon Talley Dishes, and “Making the Cut” Season 2

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Andre Leon Talley has been in the news a lot as of late. Always a bigger than life, outspoken, fashion personality, Talley rarely holds back his opinions particularly when it comes to topics around fashion and entertainment.

Talley is once again making headlines by spilling the tea on what some Condé Nast masthead executives’ salaries were.  Talley served as creative director and worked as a full-time executive staffer at American Vogue from 1983 to 1995. Later continuing his tenure at the publication as editor-at-large. Talley is currently a contributing editor at Vogue.

Talley contends that he recently found out that some masthead executives at Vogue were making close to $1 million a year. At his peak, Talley earned about $300,000.

“I just found out two weeks ago, from someone of authority, that women at Vogue, high, high rate fashion editors made close to a million dollars,” Talley told Tamron Hall on the “Tamron Hall Show.” “I never made that much in a year. I made almost $300,000, but people on the same level, maybe they were doing more work than the fashion photoshoots, were making $900,000 a year. They don’t make that anymore, but this is the, this what comes when you live in America, when you’re a Black person, you have to wake up and you know there’s a double standard.”

In 2019, The Intel detailed that there were very few staff salaries at Condé Nast over $120,000, even after a 10-year trajectory up the fashion corporate ladder. This crowd-sourced salary spreadsheet,” Real Media Salaries,” documented what hundreds of editors at publications made.

Is this disclosure Andre Leon Talley’s sour grapes or real truth-telling? Hmm, that is hard to tell!!

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Billie Eilish changes her look

Pop Star Billie Eilish’s career is meteoric. Not only has she topped the charts in the US and internationally and has won lots of awards, at the tender age of 19 she is now gracing the cover of British Vogue’s June 2021 issue.

Eilish has set a standard for defying gender stereotypes which makes her cover of June’s British Vogue more surprising. For this June cover Eilish is donning custom corsets and latex, Agent Provocateur lingerie, and catsuits from Gucci, Burberry, Mugler, and Alexander McQueen based on a 1940s pinup theme. She is also styled in a blonde wig.

The images from this cover and inside editorial has already gained 1 million likes on Eilish’s Instagram account in under six seconds. This feat has set a current record for any image on Instagram.

This cover and inside editorial has also become controversial for Billie Eilish. Fans of Eilish have always praised her for gender fluidity, expressed by Eilish’s baggy, non-gender specific clothing. Some fans feel betrayed by Eilish’s adoption of more in-your-face, feminine silhouettes in British Vogues cover and inside editorial, accusing Eilish of selling out and conforming to industry standards of feminine beauty.

Eilish clapped back at unhappy fans, “Suddenly you’re a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you’re easy and you’re a slut and you’re a whore. If I am, then I’m proud,” Eilish said, as reported in “Me and all the girls are hoes, and f**k it, y’know? Let’s turn it around and be empowered in that. Showing your body and showing your skin—or not—should not take any respect away from you.”

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“Making the Cut” is back

If you missed Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum in “Making the Cut” season 1, there is still hope. Amazon’s “Making the Cut” is coming back for a second season.

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are back as executive producers and hosts with supermodel Winnie Harlow and famed fashion designer Jeremy Scott as judges. There were also be guest appearances by Prabal Gurung and Shioni Turini.

This 10-part reality competition series will feature fashion designers competing for a $1 million prize with mentorship from Amazon Fashion. Designers competing for the top prize

are Ally Ferguson (Los Angeles, California), Andrea Pitter (Brooklyn, New York), Olivia OBlanc (New Orleans, Louisiana) Andrea Salazar (Medellín, Colombia), Dushyant Asthana (Jaipur, India), Gary Graham (Franklin, New York), Joshua Scacheri (London, England), Lendrell Martin (South Orange, New Jersey), Lucie Brochard (Paris, France), and Raf Swiader (Sosnowiec, Poland).

“Making the Cut” season 2 premieres on Amazon Prime on July 16 with two episodes per week, culminating with a final runway show and grand finale on August 6.

—William S. Gooch

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