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Keke Palmer is not backtracking from her negative review of Chef Marcus Samuelsson's food at the Met Gala on Monday.

Keke went viral when she shared a photo of her wilted salad as part of her 3-course meal at the Met Gala.

Marcus -- who helped select the 10 aspiring chefs to feed the hungry A-listers - told TMZ he was dismayed that Keke criticized the food he curated.

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When a fan retweeted Page Six's article about chef Marcus Samuelsson defending his food on Wednesday, the 28-year-old actress replied, "I just have different taste buds! I love this Chef, sorry to this man."

Keke first criticized the food on her Instagram Story after paying $30,000-$50,000 for her ticket.

She wrote: "The menu chile... This is why they don't show y'all the food... I'm just playinnnn."

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour defended Marcus's meatless menu in a statement to Page Six on Tuesday.

"We are so thrilled and grateful to have worked with Marcus Samuelsson on the menu for this year's Met Gala. The plant-based menu featured recipes from 10 emerging New York-based chefs to celebrate the return of the city's restaurant industry, which was devastated by the pandemic."

Marcus is the head chef of Red Rooster in Harlem.

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Millions of Americans face eviction when the federally mandated moratorium on evictions expires in March. Former Vogue magazine editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley says he is among them.

Talley, 72, says he's being evicted from his colonial New York mansion in a messy rent battle with former Manolo Blahnik CEO, George Malkemus, who Talley owes $500k in back rent.

Talley claims Malkemus originally bought the home for him for just over $1 million in 2004 -- and that he is the rightful owner.

He now claims that Malkemus wants to evict him from the 11-room mansion in White Plains, NY, so he can sell it at a profit.
 

Talley said there is no lease agreement on the home and that he made "episodic payments" over time based on his income.

He said he had a "gentlemen's agreement" to transfer the title of the home to him after he paid back the purchase price.

In court documents obtained by the NY Post, Talley claims Malkemus and his life partner Anthony Yurgaitis agreed that Talley would exclusively own, occupy and care for the home. "It was agreed and always understood that Talley would, over time, 'pay off' the balance of the purchase price paid by the defendants at which point title would then formally be transferred to Talley," his court documents say.

He now claims that Malkemus and Yurgaitis are pressuring him to move out so they can sell it for their own profit.

"The timing and amount of these episodic payments were based on Talley's cash flow... Talley never made these payments to the Defendants on a monthly basis, and was not asked to."

In their eviction papers, Malkemus and Yurgaitis allege the former Vogue editor owes them $515,872 in back rent.

But Talley says he paid $1,075,588 by January 2020, and that he made the $120,000 down payment when the house was originally purchased. He also says he invested more than $200,000 for home improvements over the years.

In his lawsuit, Talley is demanding that he be allowed to stay in the property and that the title be transferred in his name.

An attorney for Malkemus and Yurgaitis said he is preparing a counterclaim. "Malkemus and Yurgaitis are the record owners of the house and want to sell it," the attorney said.

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Talley was appointed creative director of Vogue by Anna Wintour back in 1983. In his memoir, he said his once close relationship with the Vogue editor-in-chief was over.

He officially retired from editing in 2014.

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André Leon Talley praised Vogue magazine's controversial cover featuring Senator Kamala Harris'.

The Afro-Indian vice president-elect is pictured smiling apprehensively with her hands clasped in front of her on the February 2021 issue. Instead of the glam look, she is clad in casual work clothes and black Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers.

The controversial "working girl" cover sparked fury on social media, with many saying the cover was "disrespectful" and even racist.

But Talley, a former editor-at-large for American Vogue, supported his former boss, Anna Wintour, in a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday.

"It's GREAT. JUST GREAT. GREAT," he wrote, after Wintour responded to the backlash in a statement on Tuesday. Talley said the cover will inspire young women around the world to wear work clothes rather than expensive designer clothing.

"Her work uniform with her ubiquitous Converse sneakers is aspirational. I predict its [sic] going to set a trend for all young women all over the world, [who] are going to dress like Kamala Harris," he wrote.

Talley, 71, defended 26-year-old aspiring photographer Tyler Mitchell -- the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for American Vogue in the magazine's history.

Talley said Mitchell's layman photography "comes from a universe that is new. He is not aligned with the titans of @vogue photographers before him... His work must be seen through the prism of 2021."

Harris' frantic staffers contacted Vogue editors on Monday after the cover leaked over the weekend. They demanded to know why Vogue chose a "test photo" for its print edition rather than the agreed upon photo of Harris wearing a powder blue pantsuit. The latter photo was chosen for the online digital edition instead.

There were calls for Wintour to step down, but Talley said she isn't going anywhere.

"All I can say is Anna Wintour is not abdicating. And I wish I was there, at Vogue, to celebrate w/the team," he wrote.
 

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Former Vogue staffers are still angry over a writer's treatment of this old photo of Kendall Jenner showing off a gold tooth at a London Fashion Week party hosted by Burberry in February 2017.

Vogue magazine's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour apologized after former Vogue staffers complained about racism and discrimination.

In a recent NY Times article, former staffers, who are Black, complained that Wintour didn't "keep pace with the public's changing issues with racism" and cultural misappropriation.

They point to the image of Kendall Jenner wearing a gold tooth -- a dental accessory that is commonly associated with Black people.

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A Vogue contributor wrote in an article at the time: "The flashing teeth felt like a playful wink to the city's free-spirited aesthetic - or perhaps a proverbial kiss to her rumored boyfriend A$AP Rocky."

Black staff members complained about the article. One Black staffer contacted magazine executives saying "the story insensitively endorsed an instance of cultural appropriation."

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According to the Times, one former employee contacted Wintour by email to explain why some Black staffers were offended by the story: "If Kendall wants to do something stupid, fine, but our writers (especially white ones) don't need to [weigh] in and glorify it or ascribe reasons to it that read culturally insensitive."

But Wintour was not receptive of their complaints. After several email exchanges, she wrote, "Well I honestly don't think that's a big deal."

Condé Nast, which owns Vogue, said in a statement: "The coverage itself is not cultural appropriation."

The implication is that Kendall herself misappropriated Black culture by wearing the gold tooth.

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Rihanna isn't fazed by people speculating if she's pregnant because she "dreams" of becoming a mom one day. At 31, the Barbadian pop star still has time to become a mom in the foreseeable future.

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The "Work" singer has been at the center of pregnancy rumors over the past couple of months. The rumors intensified when she was spotted with what appeared to be a baby bump that turned out to be a FUPA (fat in upper pubic area).

The U.S. Vogue cover girl addressed the speculation with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Winter in the November 2019 issue of the magazine.

While Rihanna acknowledged that "a lot of woman get very defensive" about pregnancy talk, she insisted she's fine with it - because she secretly wishes the rumors were true.

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"It's personal, it's our bodies, and of course it's our time," she told TV show Extra. "It's not necessarily everyone's dream to be a mom... but it's mine, so I'm fine. Anna just wants to know what the people want to know," she said.

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The Vogue cover - Rihanna's sixth for the fashion publication - is also her favorite cover of them all, because she's showcasing her own Fenty fashion line.

"To see her (Anna) be so supportive — it's great to see us supporting each other, and it's always an honor," the star continued. "This is unlike any cover I have done with Vogue (because) I am wearing my own stuff."

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Rihanna wears a Fenty tulle coat. Forevermark x Jade Trau earrings. Hair, Yusef Williams; makeup, Kanako Takase. Fashion Editor: Tonne Goodman. Photographed by Ethan James Green, Vogue, November 2019


 

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