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Transgender Poses as Michelle Obama

Posted on the 20 December 2012 by Eowyn @DrEowyn


Outrage as magazine uses transgender model to pose as Michelle Obama

Daily Mail: A striking transgender model made up to look  like Michelle Obama being sworn into office has been put on the front cover of a  U.S. magazine.

Luis Venegas, publisher of the first  transsexual style magazine Candy, said he put model Connie Fleming on the front  cover because he was inspired by the idea that a black, transsexual woman could  one day be president of the United States.

The split front cover shows New York model  Fleming being sworn into office and waving a U.S. flag accompanied by the  headline ‘The Candydate’. Fleming is dressed in typical First Lady  fashion, down to the pearl  necklace. Even the hair style is reminiscent of the  President Barack  Obama’s wife, Michelle.

Publisher Venegas told Dazed Digital that he  was inspired by the idea that a  ‘black, transsexual woman’ could someday be  president of the United  States’. ‘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?’

Connie Fleming is described on website database  of New York transsexuals as ‘a living doll, a multi-talented lady with a  promising career as stylist and designer’s assistant. ‘She is also a veteran of the Paris and New  York runways (most notably for Thierry Mugler,) the Tokyo club performance  scene, and many important New York nightclub cults, from The House of Field and  Boy Bar to her work as a Mistress of Ceremonies at Jackie 60.

The Winter 2012 Connie Fleming front cover will be the magazine’s fifth issue, having already dressed James Franco, Chloe  Sevigny and Andrej Pejic in drag for previous covers.

The magazine describes itself as being ‘completely dedicated to celebrating transvestism,  transsexuality, cross  dressing and androgyny, in all its manifestations. ‘CANDY is a magazine for everybody. A space  for individual freedom,  and a publication that pushes people to take on the  persona of what they always wanted to be.’

Why the outrage about the cover? Isn’t imitation the sincerest form of flattery?


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