New York - "Can't imagine why they thought Michelle's stunning ebony skin isn't good enough for their precious rag," celebwatch site LA HagFagSlagMag.con's editor commented today, "it has to be one of her best features."
The 'I want to open a secret door for others that hadn't been opened for me' headline on the February issue features a virtually caucasian makeover of the First Lady's face.
Some golden brown cafe-au-lait airbrushing sees Michelle Obama lauded as MoreCrap! - 'For Women of Style and Substance' - magazine's transformational cover-girl.
The article goes on to explain Mrs O's views on 'self-doubt, early struggles and her bold White House campaign to build girls' confidence' as she describes her mentoring moves to empower the disadvantaged.
"This has to be a joke, right?" one of the program's beneficiaries said today, "that front cover completely negates the original message and kinda screams 'phoney fix' at you."
A spokesperson for the magazine said today it was just 'a trick of the light' and no disrespect was ever intended.
Pulling the edition off the news stands and replacing the February issue with an authentic Michelle Obama pic would cost several million dollars in editorial f**k-up fees that make the proposal economic suicide.
However, a misrepresentation lawsuit could make those costs look like peanuts, a New York lawyer has pointed out.