Candy Magazine, a publication that calls itself “the first fashion magazine completely dedicated to celebrating transvestism, transexuality, crossdressing and androgyny in all their glory,” is at the center of a heated debate.
The new publication’s latest issue features Connie Fleming, a transgendered model, styled to look like First Lady Michelle Obama with the headline “The Candydate.”
The cover shows Fleming, perfectly styled to look like Mrs. Obama, down to her preppy dress, pearls, and arched eyebrows, as she is being sworn into office.
It is an image that certainly has people talking.
Candy magazine Publisher Luis Venegas told Dazed Digital that the cover was inspired by the notion that a black, transsexual woman could rise to highest office in the land one day.
“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?’”
But not everyone is feeling Venegas’ cover.
While some have called Fleming’s portrayal of Mrs. Obama beautiful and flattering, and have noted the long history of drag queens (and others) paying homage to notable women, others have called the image “a disgrace.”
In spite of the conflicting opinions about the image, the Candy magazine cover did exactly what it was supposed to do: get people talking.