The New York Times interviewed our favorite muse, André J., for the Sunday Styles section, and we've learned all kinds of interesting things about André! André was born in Newark, N.J, does not consider himself a cross dresser ("I'm just expressing myself and not hurting anyone and taking myself to a place where I want to be, a place where the world is beautiful") and keeps a journal. He was raised in a "loving single-mother household in a housing project" and then moved to L.A. for "the sex and the fame." A stylist recommended that Bruce Weber shoot André, and André traveled to the photographer's Montauk compound from Manhattan via bus. But André didn't know he would be on the cover: A friend called and broke the news when André was on his way home from church one Sunday. French Vogue editor in chief Carine Roitfeld swears: "There is not a special message in the cover, I just loved it." But we've been thinking: Is the cover sending the message, "It's fabulous to be yourself!" Or is it saying,"If a black model wants to land the cover of Vogue, she'd better grow a beard" ?
A Cover Girl Who's Simply Himself [NY Times]