Tyra Banks has used Michelle Obama as her muse for a new photo shoot in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
“[She’s] so warm and so gracious,” Tyra said of Michelle Obama, presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s wife. “She’s got that direct-eye-contact, truly-connecting thing. She’s not a ‘ha, ha, ha’ type… And I love that she’s tall.”
In the spread, Tyra poses with a Barack look-alike, complete with Michelle’s signature short, curled locks.
In one image from the magazine, Tyra is pictured posing in a dark colored dress and white pearls, while leaning on a leather chair in a room made up to look like the Oval Office. In another shot, Tyra captures Michelle’s smile while posing in bed wearing Harvard sweatshirts with the Barack look-alike.
Tyra was more than just inspired photographically by the Obamas though. Senator Barack Obama’s bid for the White House has been an emotional experience for the former supermodel.
“When Barack won the nomination, I just started bawling,” Tyra told the magazine. “I started calling all these people, and everybody was talking to me like I was crazy. They’re like, ‘Well, he hasn’t won yet,’ but I’m like, ‘Yes, he has, because he’s gotten this far.’ I think he gives everybody so much hope.”
Though she’s pulling for Obama to take the Oval Office, Tyra did dish on what things would look like if one day, she was first lady.
“I’d wear a V-neck shift and a two-inch heel,” she said. “Even if the president were taller, I would keep them low. Otherwise it gets a little too sexy. I mean, I was a high-fashion model, but I was also a swimsuit model and a lingerie model, so I would constantly be making sure that I wasn’t looking like that.”