Naomi Campbell Says ‘Words Cannot Describe’ Loss Of Icon André Leon Talley


Naomi Campbell said she is finding it difficult to process the loss of her dear friend André Leon Talley, days after the fashion trailblazer died at age 73.

The supermodel paid tribute to the former creative director and editor-at-large of Vogue in a lengthy Instagram tribute she posted on Thursday, alongside a carousel of photos of the two together.

“Words cannot describe what it feels like knowing you are no longer with us in the physical form, like everyone who loves you my heart skipped a beat,” Campbell wrote. “When I heard I reached out to [Diane Von Furstenberg] who let me know you went peacefully without pain.”

Campbell remembered some of the pair’s adventures over the years, which included “flying in helicopters in Brazil and landing in a football field in a storm” and “running around Moscow buying Russian dolls,” as well as their final adventure together in Nigeria in 2019.

She also spoke of the enormous impact that Talley had on her career.

“Your unconditional love and support has never wavered, from encouraging me to pick up the phone and calling Anna Wintour and asking for my first American Vogue cover September issue to giving me the confidence to learn the Michael Jackson dance for our super bowl sobe commercial,” she wrote.

“You were Andre a ray of light filled with laughter and positivity that played a huge impact of our ever lasting family ship,” she said before signing off. “Andre is on his way to the otherside and will drape you all in divine larger than life luxury.”

“I love you always,” Campbell added. “REST EASY KING.”

After news of Talley’s death spread, tributes poured in for the fashion journalist. Talley’s literary agent David Vigliano confirmed Talley’s death to USA Today on Tuesday, but did not provide additional details.

Darren Walker, the president of the Ford Foundation and a friend of the late editor, told The Washington Post that Talley had asthma and several chronic illnesses, and had tested positive for COVID-19 in the days before his death.

See below for some of Talley’s most iconic looks throughout the years.

1980

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Talley and Marina Schiano in New York City circa 1980.

1989

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Talley at the Met Gala in 1989 in New York City.

1989

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Talley and Naomi Campbell during Tanqueray Sterling Ball in New York City in 1989.

1990

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Talley and Marc Jacobs during the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Show and Cocktail Party in New York City in 1990.

1991

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Talley and Sandra Bernhard at the 1991 American Foundation for AIDS Research benefit.

1995

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Talley during the Board Aid Lifebeat Benefit in Los Angeles in 1995.

1997

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Talley and Anna Wintour at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in New York City in 1997.

1997

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Talley and Cher at the Met Gala in New York City in 1997.

1999

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Talley and Wintour at the Met Gala in New York City in 1999.

2000

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Talley and Sophie Dahl at the 2000 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

2002

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Talley in New York City in 2002.

2003

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Talley and Phillip Bloch at The Hudson New York in 2003.

2004

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Talley during Olympus Fashion Week in New York City in 2004.

2004

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Talley and Renée Zellweger during the 2004 Met Gala in New York City.

2004

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Talley and Selma Blair during the 2004 CFDA Fashion Awards at the New York Public Library.

2004

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Talley at an Interview Magazine event in New York City in 2004.

2005

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Talley and Tracy Reese during Olympus Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York City in 2005.

2005

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Talley and Wintour during Paris Fashion Week in 2005.

2006

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Talley at the 2006 Met Gala in New York City.

2006

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Talley and Oscar de la Renta at Morgan Library in New York City in 2006.

2007

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Talley during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City in 2007.

2007

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Talley at a Calvin Klein runway show in New York City in 2007.

2008

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Talley and Venus Williams at the Met Gala in New York City in 2008.

2008

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Talley and Campbell at the 2008 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City.

2008

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Talley and Wintour at an event at Skylight Studios in New York City in 2008.

2009

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Talley at the 2009 Met Gala in New York City.

2009

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Talley and Diane von Furstenberg at the Tribeca Film Festival Opening Night Dinner in New York City in 2009.

2010

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Tally at Simyone Lounge in New York City in 2010.

2010

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Talley and Kathryn Chalmers at the New York Junior League’s 2010 Winter Ball at The Plaza Hotel.

2010

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Talley and Whoopi Goldberg at the 2010 Met Gala in New York City.

2011

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Talley at the 2011 Met Gala in New York City.

2012

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Talley at a Chanel show in Versailles, France, in 2012.

2013

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Talley at Milan Fashion Week in 2013.

2013

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Talley and Fern Mallis at 92nd Street Y in New York City in 2013.

2014

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Talley at the memorial service for L’Wren Scott at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City in 2014.

2014

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Talley and Wintour backstage at the Carolina Herrera fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City in 2014.

2014

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Tailey and Jennifer Hudson at “Watch What Happens Live” in 2014.

2015

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Talley departs The Mark Hotel for the Met Gala in 2015.

2015

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Talley and Robin Givhan at her “Battle of Versailles” book signing party in Washington, D.C., in 2015.

2015

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Talley at “Watch What Happens Live” in 2015.

2016

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Talley at the Marc Jacobs fashion show during New York Fashion Week in 2016.

2017

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Talley leaving The Mark Hotel to attend the 2017 Met Gala in New York City.

2017

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Talley during “Sunday at The Met: Andrew Bolton and Andre Leon Talley” in New York City in 2017.

2017

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Talley in New York City in 2017.

2018

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Talley at the Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Week in 2018.

2018

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Talley at a screening of “The Gospel According to Andre” in Los Angeles in 2018.

2019

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Talley at Arise Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2019.

2020

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Talley at the Blue Jacket Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week in 2020.

2020

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Talley at the Carolina Herrera show during New York Fashion Week in 2020.

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