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Tyra Banks Poses as Michelle Obama for Harper’s Bazaar

August 6, 2008

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Tyra Banks is September’s cover model for Harper’s Bazaar. The issue is being heralded as one of the best Harper’s Bazaar Fall covers in years. Tyra was given free reign on her editorial feature where she envisions herself as Michelle Obama in the Oval Office. After countless appearances by many politicians on her talk show, Tyra Banks has settled on her candidate, Barack Obama. In her interview with Bazaar, Tyra gives readers a candid take on what she would do as first lady in the white house and even professes that there is nothing wrong with the first lady eating fried chicken in front of the cameras. [Bazaar]

Tyra on meeting Barack Obama for the first time.
“My friend Kimora Lee Simmons and I were walking around the ball. We had on these big Cinderella dresses — hardly anyone wore white tie, but we both did — and then we see Senator Obama. He goes, ‘Hi, ladies,’ and I told him, ‘I want to congratulate you on that speech. It was gorgeous.’ At the time, there was just a hint of him running for president. But then Kimora starts talking crazy, just totally embarrassing me. She walks away, and I’m like, ‘Senator Obama, I have to apologize for my friend. She’s almost like family, I’ve known her since I was 17 years old, and with family, you love them but sometimes you want to say that you’re not related to them.’ And he said, ‘What are you talking about? You don’t think that I could be down and talk crazy like that? You think politicians are all stiff and can’t relate? Come on, girl.'”

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On the First Lady being confident enough to eat fried chicken in front of the camera.
“Oh, I want her to not take herself too seriously. She’d need to know how to take a fierce picture but at the same time be able to eat fried chicken, have grease on her fingers, and be okay with getting photographed like that, too. I’d want her to feel like every child in America is hers — to have a true connection.”

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