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Published:May 16th, 2009 13:35 EST
Supermodel Iman: Michelle Obama Not Beautiful But Bright

Supermodel Iman: Michelle Obama Not Beautiful But Bright

By Robert Paul Reyes

"US First Lady Michelle Obama is not a "great beauty," but will "just get better with age," Iman, one of the first black supermodels, says in a magazine interview.

`Mrs Obama is not a great beauty,` the Somali-born model and wife of rocker David Bowie tells Parade magazine`s Sunday issue, reflecting on the first black US first lady, who is a lawyer by training and a former executive.

`But she is so interesting looking and so bright. That will always take you farther. When you`re a great beauty, it`s always downhill for you. If you`re someone like Mrs Obama, you just get better with age,` she said."
Michelle Obama is invariably described as beautiful or attractive by the press, I realize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but this is simply not true.

Michelle Obama is intelligent and articulate, but she is no great beauty. This may be my subjective opinion, but I bet if you ask people on the street if the First Lady is attractive, only one out of ten will respond affirmatively.

Why does the media feel obligated to describe Michelle as beautiful? In my humble opinion I think that reporters feel compelled to portray her as beautiful simply because she`s the first black First Lady.

As a minority I`m thrilled to see an African American family in the White House, but let`s face it Michelle Obama isn`t beautiful. Michelle is pleasant to look at; she has an interesting look; she`s definitely not homely -- but she`s not gorgeous.

It`s not racist or impolite to refuse to lie about the attractiveness of the First Lady. Thank goodness for Iman, you go girl and continue speaking the truth.