When Anna returned to Vogue in 1988 as EIC, replacing Grace, she named Andre creative director. “There was no higher accolade she could give me, as the masthead portrayed. Anna Wintour made me the highest-ranking black man in the history of fashion journalism,” he writes of a ranking he’d maintain until Edward Enninful‘s promotion to EIC of British Vogue 30 years later. One of his first big assignments was handling Madonna‘s first cover shoot in 1989. Upon meeting the pop diva in Los Angeles, “she smiled warmly when she introduced herself and said, ‘Hi, I’m Madonna, you want a blow job?” he reveals. “‘No thanks,’ I replied. I am sure she was joking and just breaking the ice, as we had never met before. I was flattered and continued to unpack my large black cases from Paris.”

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