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'America's Next Top Model': Vogue's André Leon Talley takes fourth judging spot

December 15, 2009 |  2:58 pm
Jdn20znc The rumors out of New Zealand are true! While the CW denied the chatter back in November, Show Tracker just got confirmation from the network that Vogue Editor-at-Large André Leon Talley has taken the fourth judging spot on “America’s Next Top Model.”

Media out of Auckland, New Zealand (apparently the international destination for Cycle 14), have been tracking the “Top Model” crew since they arrived in early December. Rumors of the well-respected Vogue editor joining the rest of the judges have surfaced in the media and in local blogs.

“Tyra, Nigel, Jay M., Jay A., and new judge, Vogue Editor-at-Large, André Leon Talley,” states the Cassius blog. “Have been in Auckland since the first week of December, and we're not kidding when we say, everyone is obsessed with spotting or stalking them like an endangered species.”

Leon Talley has been the editor-at-large at Vogue since 1998. For close to three decades, the fashion journalist has been a staple at major fashion shows worldwide. He has also been known to dispense style advice to a select few high-profile celebrities, such as Renee Zellweger, Nicole Kidman and Mariah Carey. No doubt he will be giving “Top Model” a “high fashion” shot in the arm.

Guest judges filled the fourth spot in Cycle 13 after a seemingly disgruntled Paulina Porizkova left the show. Formerly, Janice Dickinson held the post for five years.

The New Zealand sightings have revealed good news for Miss J. Alexander fans, as well. Rumors also spread in November that Alexander had been demoted from a judge to his former role as the show’s runway coach. It seems the recent author is at least shooting Cycle 14. The CW has yet to confirm in what capacity Alexander’s role will be in the upcoming season, though. Reports that Kimora Lee Simmons was joining the judging panel are apparently false. The network has yet to confirm whether she will appear as a guest judge on Cycle 14.

So, here’s the diva count: André Leon Talley, Miss J. Alexander and Tyra Banks all in the same room. Oh, Nigel Barker, will you be able hold it down among all that fabulosity?

— Jethro Nededog (follow me on Twitter @TheRealJethro)

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Photo: André Leon Talley. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times