Monday, August 11, 2008

American Dream or Silly Scheme?

I'm sure you might have heard, dear reader, that Tyra Banks is posing as Michelle Obama in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar in a shoot entitled "American Dream." The photos include Banks posing with a faux Senator Barack Obama in different scenarios worthy of a first lady. See for yourself, below.

Personally, I find this spread to be, well, a bit creepy. Prancing around with Obama children lookalikes? Lying in bed with a Harvard sweatshirt on? We know Tyra had good intentions of showing her support through the photos and the interview, but I believe the timing is off in several ways. First of all, with the recent ads targeted towards Obama by Senator John McCain, which ask "He's the biggest celebrity in the world, but is he ready to lead?," I find it not exactly in the Obama's favor for a supermodel/TV personality to be portraying them.

Secondly, I think this spread should have been reserved for after the presidential elections, if Obama were to win. Or, at the very least, when he is officially named the Democratic nominee.
The interview mainly consists of Tyra sharing her tips for a future first lady and what she would do. Honestly, dear reader, I'm not very concerned with how Tyra Banks thinks a first lady should dress ,what her reaction was when she found out Sen. Obama was the Democratic nominee, or what her Secret Service Acronym would be ("KMFA: Kiss My Fat Ass," if you must know).

I don't know about you, but what I would like to know is how Michelle Obama or Cindy McCain, the actual potential first ladies, feel towards issues like female body image in today's society or what they plan to achieve if their husbands are elected. For me, seeing these women in the magazine and reading their thoughts would have been much more influential than a supermodel basically playing dress-up.

What are your opinions, dear reader? I would love to know.


jackieslittleproject said...

i kind of hate tyra banks. shes so full of herself ah it drives me insane. anyways, i think these pictures are creepy to say the least

Chloe said...

Haha. I thought they were really odd (and creepy). I mean I'm sure there could've been another way to support Obama than potraying herself as Obama's wife...

And I personally don't like Tyra Banks too much anyways, so whatever.

I love your headline picture by the way :)

Lauren said...

I love Tyra Banks, but this is creepy.

jess said...

I think it would have been way cooler if they actually used Michelle Obama but i kinda like it