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Edited by Lester Brathwaite on November 12 2012 at 12:54 PM

5. André Leon Talley

The foremost purveyor of great capes and great coats, ALT’s love of a voluminous cover-up spawned from his excessive weight. Once a skinny minnie, ALT blew up to 300 lbs, prompting Vogue‘s Anna Wintour to stage an intervention herself to address the then Editor-at-Large’s larger than life look.

Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail