Transsexual Model Poses As Michelle Obama On Candy Cover
Will there be a time when a black, trans woman is sworn in as president? That’s the question the newest issue of Candy magazine hopes to explore through their latest provocative cover, which features transsexual model Connie Fleming styled by Brad Goreski to look like First Lady Michelle Obama in a tweedy dress and pearls in one shot, and a white peplum number with matching chunky necklace in another.
The glossy bills itself as “the first transversal style magazine” and has made headlines in the past for boundary-pushing spreads like James Franco in drag, male models dressed as Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington, a gender-bending (and scantily clad) Andrej Pejic.
Publisher Luis Venegas talked to Dazed Digital about the thought behind “The Candydate”, as the clever coverline reads:
“I especially love the cover story, which for the first time isn’t a super-popular star, but a fabulous, beautiful black transwoman channeling a politician who looks pretty much like Michelle Obama. I remember back in early 2007 when the Democratic Party’s nominees were narrowed down between two ‘controversial’ stereotypes never before seen for presidency: a black man, Barack Obama; and a woman, Hillary Rodham Clinton. At that time, I thought, ‘when will the time come when these archaic walls break down and the White House will be occupied by, for example, a black, transsexual woman?’”
What do you think of the concept? Awesome? Offensive? Thought-provoking?