How Bazaar! Tyra Banks Becomes First Lady : News & Views Fierce! Tyra Banks transforms into Michelle Obama for a "surreal" magazine photo spread.
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How Bazaar! Tyra Banks Becomes First Lady

Tyra Banks and fake Obama
Harper's Bazaar

Call it an homage to Michelle Obama, or call it what you will. Either way, there's no denying that Tyra Banks' new pictorial project for Harper's Bazaar is a tad weird. In a photo spread available on their website, Tyra and some dead-eyed male model try to invoke the Obama family spirit at work and play.

When it came to paying homage to Michelle Obama for this story, Banks found the process "surreal." "It's kind of embarrassing," she confesses, "but in my early 20s, I used to want to be a princess. But I didn't want to have to marry somebody in order to do it! Of course, I don't see the position of first lady as a princess, where it's something you have to marry into. With Barack Obama, his becoming president is them becoming president because Michelle was there from the beginning. Without Michelle, he wouldn't be there." Or, as she pronounces to her Tyra Banks Show camera after her Oval Office portrait, "Michelle Obama, you're one hot mama."

What do you think of the pictures? You can read her entire interview over at Harper's Bazaar.