PHOTO Special: Alicia Keys, Chanel Iman & Paula Patton Are American Icons (Michelle Obama! Billie Holiday!) for Glamour

In an effort to celebrate American icons of the last seven decades, Glamour magazine has recruited “some very-2009 young talents” to reenact their greatest achievements.

From Alicia Keys channeling Michelle Obama (yes! Tyra Banks did it first) to Paula Patton paying homage to blues legend Billie Holiday, these American women represent the we can do anything.

“She has worked hard for everything she’s accomplished, and done so with grace and humility,” Keys says of our new first lady. “So many women and girls can identify with her story.”


“She showed women…you can be sweaty, be gorgeous and do a great job.” –Model and MTV House of Style co-host Chanel Iman on tennis great Althea Gibson.


“You can imagine that women at home hearing her songs on the radio felt her vocalizing their emotions and their struggles.” —Push star Paula Patton on Billie Holiday