Transgender Model Channels Michelle Obama on the Cover of Candy


Barack Obama may star as Time magazine’s Person of the Year, but First Lady Michelle Obama is getting some cover space, too. Kind of.

Mobama was the inspiration behind the cover of the recently released fifth issue of Candy, which features legendary transgender model Connie Flemming. Styled by Brad Goreski and shot by Danielle Levitt, Flemming channels a politician dressed in the type of sleeveless, structured sheaths that the FLOTUS favors. Titled “The Candydate,” the cover story is the latest controversial coup for renegade publisher Luis Venegas and his limited-edition “transversal magazine.”

The magazine’s past cover stars have included James Franco in glam drag and Chloë Sevingy as Terry Richardson. For the fifth issue, however, Venegas decided not to go with a “super-popular star” and to do something conceptual instead. He found inspiration in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, when the Democratic Party was choosing between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — each candidate symbolizing a demographic that is not usually represented in American politics, Venegas told Dazed Digital. “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?’”

While that day might not be in the near future, in the world of Candy, at least, anything is possible.

–Heather Corcoran

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Images Courtesy of Candy