Transgender Model Poses as Michelle Obama for Candy Magazine

Publisher Luis Venegas headed to the White House for inspiration.

Candy magazine, a publication that's dedicated to transversal style, is known for pushing boundaries when it comes to hot covers. In 2010, the magazine dressed actor James Franco in drag and has since pulled in other top names to blur the gender lines. In the magazine's latest issue, they've enlisted the help of transgender model Connie Fleming to pose as Michelle Obama on the cover.
In the photos, taken by Danielle Levitt and styled by Brad Goreski, Connie sports the first lady's iconic style and in one photo rests her hand on a bible while she carries an American flag in another.
"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," publisher Luis Venegas said. "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?'"
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(Photo: CANDY Magazine)

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