Among the typical news stories this morning (the Duchess of Cambridge's first speech, Chanel's new ads, swimsuit model gets busted for meth ring -- you know, regular stuff), this headline popped out at us: "Elle Macpherson is a socialist."
Fox News, among others, highlighted a recent interview given by the veteran model to jockey Howard Stern. In the course of their chat, which aired last week, Stern asked the Australian-born, UK-dwelling Macpherson for her thoughts on President Obama:
Howard: Who should be the next President of the United States, Elle MacPherson? Go ahead.
Elle: I think Obama's going to do it.
Howard: You like Obama?
Elle: Yeah, I'm living in London and I'm socialist. What do you expect?
Howard: And you're living in London and you sense what other foreigners feel. Do they like him?
Elle: I think foreigners like him. He's very popular.
Howard: And don't we look good having a black president and everything? Makes us kind of cool?
Elle: I think it's more about his policy. But you know there are I understand that there are a lot of people who don't, you know, don't want change. "We want change. We want change." And he says, "I'll implement change," and you go, "Oh, actually, I don't really feel like I want change. It's too difficult."
While voicing support for Obama is nothing new for a fashion-type like Elle, the frank "I'm socialist" isn't something you hear every day.
But her candid political opinions place her in a growing category of fashion professionals -- models, designers and editors -- who have thrown their support behind political candidates and causes. Below, see our roundup of the well-known (Anna Wintour) and the lesser-known (Christie Brinkley) style stars who have thrown their chic hats into the political conversation.
And, if you're into listening to Howard Stern practically drool on his mike talking to Elle, click on the video below to hear the interview (discussion of Obama at 4:40).
Probably the most high-profile political fashionista, the <em>Vogue</em> editor-in-chief <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/28/anna-wintour-barack-obama_n_662136.html" target="_hplink">has thrown multiple fundraisers for President Obama</a>, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/15/anna-wintour-state-dinner-dress-2012_n_1346880.html" target="_hplink">attended a state dinner as a guest of the White House</a> and is counted as <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/31/obama-bundler-reelection-campaign_n_1244900.html" target="_hplink">one of the president's top donors</a>. (Getty photo)
The supermodel and her husband, Rande Gerber, donated $4,600 to the Obama campaign in 2008, but <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/17/cindy-crawford-mitt-romney_n_863183.html" target="_hplink">has reportedly switched her support to Mitt Romney</a> for the 2012 election. (PMc photo)
Diane von Furstenberg
As president of the CFDA, Diane von Furstenberg has gotten involved with <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/07/runway-to-win-event-_n_1261434.html#s608736&title=Diane_von_Furstenberg" target="_hplink">the president's Runway To Win reelection initiative</a>, which includes many CFDA designers, and has been seen wearing an "Obama" button on her clothes. (Getty photo)
The former model is an outspoken Republican and has voiced her opinion publicly on several topics, including Planned Parenthood. "I think Planned Parenthood needs to reassess and look at what their values are, what their mission is, what their goals are, and do they deserve government funding?" <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/05/21/exclusive-kathy-ireland-taxpayers-shouldnt-fund-planned-parenthood/#ixzz1paxgYArP" target="_hplink">she told Fox News in 2011</a>. (Getty photo)
The American model has donated thousands to Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. She also served as <a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/2000-08-15/news/18145041_1_evy-dubrow-al-gore-joel-siegel" target="_hplink">a delegate at the 2000 Democratic National Convention and collected signatures door-to-door for Al Gore</a>.
<a href="http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/designer-luxury/stella-mccartneys-blues-festival-1849492" target="_hplink">Stella threw a President Obama-themed tea party</a> back in 2008, complete with cookies with the president's face on them. (WireImage photo)
The outspoken British designer <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/02/vivienne-westwood-occupy-london_n_1071149.html" target="_hplink">showed up to the "Occupy London" protests</a> in November and has continually voiced her opposition to global warming and excessive consumerism. (Getty photo)
The designer has been a long time activist for gay rights, <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2009/07/new_marc_jacobs_declare_gays_r.html" target="_hplink">producing a line of t-shirts aimed at equality</a>, and contributed a design to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/12/runway-to-win_n_1202870.html#s608745&title=Marc_Jacobs" target="_hplink">President Obama's Runway To Win reelection initiative</a>. (Getty photo)
This supermodel is a supporter of President Obama and recently told Howard Stern she <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/03/17/elle-macpherson-loves-obama-i-m-socialist-what-do-you-expect" target="_hplink">was hoping Obama gets re-elected:</a> "I'm living in London and I'm socialist. What do you expect?" (Getty photo)
The Nepal-born designer is a big Obama supporter, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/07/runway-to-win-event-_n_1261434.html" target="_hplink">telling us once</a>, "My focus is right now on the positive of the campaign, which is to make sure that my support for the president is full, 100 percent." (PMc photo)
The Marchesa co-designer <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/michelle-obama-state-dinner-2012_n_1345806.html" target="_hplink">attended President Obama's state dinner last week</a> at the White House. Together with her husband, Harvey Weinstein, she has also opened up her home for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/05/anna-wintour-obama-dinner_n_919909.html" target="_hplink">Obama reelection fundraising events</a>. (PMc photo)
Jason Wu contributed a design to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/12/runway-to-win_n_1202870.html#s608735&title=Jason_Wu" target="_hplink">President Obama's Runway to Win reelection initiative</a> and is a favorite designer of First Lady Michelle Obama. (Getty photo)