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Vanity Fair Italy Imagines an American Woman Leader

The politically inspired shoot for Vanity Fair Italy May 2012, featuring Ellie Ross, imagines a U.S.A with a female President. Though glamorized for the fashion feature, Ross shows some confident, bold poise as the Commander-in-Chief of the United States. Given the classic first lady wardrobe with some striking twists, the fantasized President rocks some badass power suits.

Throughout the shoot, Ross is depicted surrounded by Secret Service, swearing in her oath as President and making Presidential decisions. There are also moments of self reflection and doubt where Ross is shown disconcertedly staring into a mirror or looking unsure on the telephone. Showing the strengths and weaknesses of any President is a step away from the traditional, overly composed shoots that are generally what one sees when any sort of national leader is concerned.