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Alicia Keys is Michelle Obama

Alicia Keys is Michelle Obama

Alicia Keys does her best impression of First Lady Michelle Obama in this new photo from Glamour mag’s tribute to American Icons.

The mag even had stand-ins for the Obama daughters — Malia and Natasha (Sasha for short)!

Alicia has said of Michelle, “She has worked hard for everything she’s accomplished, and done so with grace and humility. So many women and girls can identify with her story.”

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  • riz

    are you kidding? her name is SASHA. not natasha!

  • saudia

    Jared it’s Malia and Sasha

  • Suzie

    Jared’s right. Her real name is NATASHA. They just call her Sasha.

  • Amanda

    yeahh i agree with what was said directly above by Suzie!! But, at first I was practically laughing at the “mistake” because that would be such a horrible thing to do, mess up her name. but i know realize that Sasha is short for Natasha, Sasha is her nickname, but it’s the name that she is called and goes by. To clear things up lol very cool idea though to have Alicia Keys do this in a photoshoot, gorgeous pic!! very cute, and i love what Alicia said about Michelle Obama!!! great quote, i love Alicia Keys and the Obamas!!!

  • http:/GPost Team Lara Croft

    Alicia=pretty. Daughters’ names are Malia and Natasha (Sasha for short/nickname).

  • Janelle

    Her name is Natasha but they call her Sasha for short. I think Alicia and Michelle are both beautiful but they look nothing alike. They could have gotten a different actress/singer/model.

  • jilli

    Really?! they couldn’t use an actress who wasn’t biracial?! Not saying there’s anything wrong with biracial people, but Michelle Obama has two black parents.

  • jilli

    I also love Alicia Keys, and her music.

  • kirstie

    I agree with Janelle and Jilli. Alicia and Michelle are beautiful but they have completley different looks. It’s like if they had michelle posing as Alicia. It’s odd. Couldn’t they have gotten someone who looks more like Michelle.

  • may

    I agree with Jilli and Janelle, for pete’s sake there were no fully black women who could’ve done this. I have nothing against Alicia, I love her work; but it seems like this would be the one instance where women who are fully black are more recognized. I hate that they always put lighter skinned people up as more beautiful it really makes those who aren’t feel bad

  • Just Me

    I don’t think this is about finding a look-alike, she is portraying herself as an impression of Michelle Obama. She’s an icon herself, acting as another icon. Its an artistic representation and I think Alicia Keys is a great choice. I hope there are more pictures to come and less criticisms.

  • Just Me

    They could have find someone who looked like M.O. to a tee, but what would be interesting about that? We may as well look at M.O. herself in that case. Here you have someone you recognize, portraying herself as someone else you recognize. I think it is really nice and complementary to all involved.

  • lips,tits smack that old ass.

    Lovely.

  • http://www.blahgirls.com Blah Girls

    That is gorgeous! and the stand ins for the daughters are adorable!

  • jade

    Love the beautiful and talented Alicia!

  • um

    seriously……give me a break

  • sillyme

    Are you serious? They just decided to pick any old black chick. They could have at least picked someone a little darker, like Michelle. People are forever trying to “lighten” poor Michelle. Man, dark skinned girls don’t get any love.

  • Pandora

    Love Alicia Keys. As for the comparison (or portrayal) to Michelle Obama? Michele should be flattered. Alicia is to beauty what Michelle is to beast. I do not find Michelle attractive. She is very manly/tranny-like. Those little girls w/ Alicia are beautiful, too.

  • http://jwhite@tvg.com polycon

    What’s your take on Chas. Marquez Jr.’s skill level ?? Do you think he may someday be as good as Angel Codero Jr. was i his prime. I met Marquez Jr. about 5 yrs ago right 2 races after a spill at 1/8th pole about mid-pack and moving up at OP race 6; seemed like a real nice kid and I like his riding style and perseverance.

  • http://jwhite@tvg.com polycon

    What’s your take on Chas. Marquez Jr.’s skill level ?? Do you think he may someday be as good as Angel Codero Jr. was i his prime. I met Marquez Jr. about 5 yrs ago right 2 races after a spill at 1/8th pole about mid-pack and moving up at OP race 6; seemed like a real nice kid and I like his riding style and perseverance.

  • http:/GPost Team Lara Croft

    kirstie, may, justme, and silly me are the same person!!! sad!

  • LETTE

    I’m disappointed in their choice of models for the First Ladies; they coud’ve chosen India Arie, Janet Jackson, Brandy, or even Halle who’s darker than Alicia; and notice how yellow the “daughters” are; it’s so annoying how america seems to only associate darker skin in negative ads and lighter skin in the positive ones; but that’s the world we llive in.

  • http://www.thatshideous.com that’s hideous

    alicia isnt even close!

  • vanes

    Alicia keys did a great job portraying Michelle Obama. This picture is just a recognition from one icon to another who cares if the skin color is different. Alicia is still a black women representing another black women, so let’s leave the color issue alone and move forward.

  • ObamaFan

    >>Pandora @ 03/04/2009 at 8:53 pm Love Alicia Keys. As for the comparison (or portrayal) to Michelle Obama? Michele should be flattered. Alicia is to beauty what Michelle is to beast. I do not find Michelle attractive. She is very manly/tranny-like. Those little girls w/ Alicia are beautiful, too.>>

    HOW DARE YOU !!! I bet you look like dog. A racist dog !!!

  • http://Twitter Preet

    wow,Great Picture

  • jilli

    LETTE you took the words right out of my mouth. I don’t even think Halle Berry though.

  • http://www.vectormotors.com gerard Vandenberg

    This alicia was a terrible mistake, folks!!
    PEOPLE WANT HONESTY NOW!!

  • pink roses

    They should have used a brown skin woman, like Gabrielle Union, Kenya Moore, Aisha Tyler for Michelle.

    And two brown skin girl’s. This is ridiculous.

  • Jane

    Ain’t this some sh*t. Racism even in ads. There are numerous brown skin Black actresses who could have been used.

  • Zoe Moon

    I love Alicia Keys, but WHY, oh why, did they pick her to portray Michelle. I am the last person to talk about skin color. But come on now. Are you kidding me?!

  • FREIDA FAN

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

  • HOTTEST COUPLE EVER

    Alicia is black and Michelle is black…both beautiful women…what is the problem???

  • jade

    what a beautiful dog.
    is it a golden retriever?

  • ‘Mandise

    Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Alicia, she’s gorgeous and extremely talented. Nice personality, great voice, good entertainer and artist and very pretty but why the hell would they choose her to portray Michelle Obama??????!!!!!! I know it’s not about race, it’s just Glamour and they want to make people forget about colors but damn, they still could have used other darker skinnded ladies to do this! Alicia? you kiddin’ me, right?! I agree with those who say that they could have used Brandy, Gabrielle Union or even Halle berry!! just not Alicia, she’s wayy too light skinned for such a portrayal……why is this soooooooo wrong to take a dark skinned girl for an ad to promote the now first Lady of America? get over the fact that Michelle is very dark skinned fellas……..

  • Carly

    The photograph is wonderful

  • truth ALWAYS hurts

    to ‘mandise
    Michelle is not VERY dark skinned, she’s not even dark skinned, she’s brown.

  • Bee

    who gives a crap about dark skinned of not dark skinned… she just wants to tell the world that dark women can accomplish anything if they want.. and it’s not like it used to be in america…. i would rather see alicia keys doing this than brandy.. shes nothing anymore.. and even if it was halle, you guys would still be complaining…i bet

  • Not impressed by JA

    I love Alicia but i would have chosen Angela Basset to portray Michelle OBAMA !
    -
    They are about the same generation so they have fight prejudice in their respecytive core business at the same time. They have the same journey, have both young children, both have that strong black woman essence blended with a hint of vulnerability, real royal poise and grace.
    -
    Angela Basset would have been perfect for that impersonation because she is the actress who share the most percieved characteristics with Michelle.

  • carol

    Michell Obama is Afican America, with both of her parents being Black, Alicia Keys is bi-racial, one black parent and one white parent, there is NO reasons she should be in these ads. None what so ever. And Sasha is her “nick” name, for Natasha.

  • ericaj

    WTF!!?? They even made the damn dog light!!!

  • Get over it

    Everyone here making color skin a big deal need to really get over it and stop taking it so personal. Both of these women are smart, beautiful and have worked hard for where they stand today. They represent who lot of other women and young women should look up to. Alicia Keys and MO are are actually making moves in this world. Brandy? Indie Arie? You gotta be kiddin me. You could’ve at least said Oprah or another Black-American whose making positive moves… GET OVER IT!

  • John

    Since when is Michelle Obama an American Icon? I’d rather Martha Washington be on here than Alicia Keys as Michelle.

  • http://blah Kurtis

    You guys i believe are missing the point, sure phyically Alicia and Michelle look nothing alike, but they are both powerful women who advocate messages to help and empower women. Sure, they could have chosen Beyonce, but look at all the ridiculous rumors about Beyonce, and the Obamas. So y not A.keys? She is rocking this photo tho

    1. They both are Superwomen
    2. Postivie affluent leaders
    3. Classy ladies.
    4. Beautiful inside and out.

  • http://blah Kurtis

    I agree strongly with John. good observation.
    They say beauty is skin deep, but so many people are too shallow to see past Alicia and her bi-racial heritage.
    She embraces it personally and in this photo.
    She cant help she is mixed.
    Look at te superwoman video she clearly advertised African American women.
    Good one John!!

  • http://blah Kurtis

    oops I meant good Job. “get over it” not John. sorry for the mix up

  • andré

    that’s plain tacky.
    alicia is not a model and michelle is not a style icon, altough people are trying to make us believe that so hard lately.

  • andré

    and people are crazy cause alicia is black.

  • andré

    Alicia is black, everyone.
    And the kids do look black to me too.

  • shoes4life

    I understand everyones voice about Alicia portraying Michelle. I want go into detail but I understand it. If they were wanting an actress/ songtress that was popular, why did they not chose Taraji Hinson? She is a beautiful brown skinned woman who has just come off of a wonderful experience of being nominated for an Oscar. She would have been perfect portraying Michelle.

    We should be beyond a person’s skin color but when it is constantly pushed upon you that lighter is better, it gets annoying. I am sure Michelle being the educated, strong woman she is will appreciate Alicia’s portrayal but probably wishes they would have selected a woman who looks more like her and I am not talking about facially.

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