Will Michelle Obama Be the New Face of Victoria’s Secret?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

  • Published 17 October 2019

Claim

Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama signed a contract to be the "public face" of Victoria's Secret.

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Labeled Satire
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Origin

On Oct. 16, 2019, the website Obamawatcher published an article positing that former first lady Michelle Obama had signed a contract to be the “new face” of lingerie and womenswear manufacturer Victoria’s Secret:

In the world of women’s fashion, Victoria’s Secret is a juggernaut. Earning billions last year from their mail-order and internet sales, along with their successful retail store franchises, it’s a company that constantly dominates the Fortune 500. And now, First Lady Michelle Obama will be the public face of that institution.

In a contract rumored to net her upwards of eleventy-three million dollars a year, the bestselling author will be featured in print, television, and Facebook advertisements, as well as live chats and meet and greets at various outlets.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

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