Will Andre Leon Talley Be The Best ANTM Judge Ever?


In a highly-recommended read, Vogue editor ALT is interviewed by Amy Chozick of the Wall Street Journal and utters many delightful, interesting, wonderful things. For instance:

Chozick asks, “Can we expect some drama in the house this season?” And ALT replies, with dignity: “Yes. No drama between me or any of the judges but there will be drama. I won’t create it. I don’t tear down. I prefer to build up.”

As a well-respected editor, ALT will bring some legitimacy and new horizons to ANTM. (Wouldn’t it blow your mind if we saw a contestant in Vogue?) He’s known Tyra since she was 17; he’s doing the show because “Tyra asked me,” and he’s “always looking for a model who projects strength, tenacity, and fortitude, patience, ambition, dedication and passion.”

But the best part of the interview? His explanation of “drekitude”:

What does “drekitude” mean?
Drekitude is the lowest point in the lowest ebb. It could be your look. It could be your shoes. It could be that you’re standing wrong. Drek is a total, total, total hot mess. I coined the word because of Rachel Maddow who I’ve had the honor to have dinner with…I watch her show every evening and she invented the word ‘quackitude’ and I’d just go around the house and say quackitude, quackitude, quackitude, and from that I coined drekitude. I have to give her credit.

And let’s not forget he has insane tennis fashion.

Andre Leon Talley on Tyra Banks, Michelle Obama and ‘America’s Next Top Model’ [WSJ]

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