"I started noticing my weight gain around 1995 but I didn't do much about it," Andre says. In 2003, Andre says his weight spiraled out of control. "I was traveling a lot, and when you travel, you just don't focus on your diet or exercise."
At over 300 pounds, Andre's fashion designer friends created gorgeous garments to help him camouflage his excessive weight. "I had long coats made by Karl Lagerfeld," Andre says, "and I describe it as a little teepee tent that you could put a whole Lilliputian family in."