Vogue contributing Editor, mentor of young fashion designers, and reality TV judge for America's Next Top Model.
He graduated from North Carolina Central University and went on to study French at Brown University.
He offered fashion advice to Michelle Obama in 2008, encouraging her to investigate the clothing line of designer Jason Wu.
He was born in Durham, North Carolina to Alma Ruth Davis and william Talley, but was raised primarily by his grandmother, Bennie Davis.
He developed a close friendship with singer Mariah Carey.