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Little Black Dress Exhibition - Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture F/W 2013-2014By Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Former Vogue editor Andre’ Leon Talley has ended his cross-cultural experimentation with Numéro Russia just a year after its high-profile launch.

Talley announced his resignation as international editor last week, according to a story in the Huffington Post.

“I am honored to have had the exceptional opportunity to work with the publisher Alexander Fedotov, and his team, in the launch of this new fashion magazine in Russia,” Talley said. “It was a very, very exciting project and I am so proud of my work with 12 issues.”

Talley made no bones about his motivation for the interesting career choice last March saying, “the salary was something fabulous.” News reports said the decision to end the relationship was mutual between Talley and the magazine’s publisher.

Talley’s very splashy, very public image is constant entertainment and interest for those in fashion circles. A 2013 profile in “Vanity Fair” discussed the editor’s flamboyant lifestyle and sexual orientation, when Talley said he rejected the “gay label” despite having “very gay experiences.”

Responding to comments that he was openly gay since he was teen, Talley dismissed it.

“No, no, no. I was just into my magazines and the drawings,” he said. “I had a very strict upbringing, almost puritanical. I lived there all the way through college. I was in my grandmother’s house, and I respected that!”

The 63-year-old fashion icon was number 45 on Out Magazine’s list of the 50 most powerful gay icons in 2007.

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com

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