PUBLISHED: 10:07 EST, 19 March 2012 | UPDATED: 10:37 EST, 19 March 2012
Elle Macpherson is the latest fashion icon to lend her support to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
But her endorsement may have come as a bit of a back-handed compliment to the Democratic incumbent.
During an interview with shock jock Howard Stern, Elle said that though she lives primarily in London and not in the U.S., she supports the President because of his socialist tendencies.
Supermodel support: Elle Macpherson said that she endorsed President Obama during an appearance on Howard Stern’s radio show
When asked if she likes Mr Obama, she said: ‘Yeah, I’m living in London and I’m socialist . What do you expect?’
Though Elle may not have meant it as a strike against him- and she may have been taking a jab at Mr Obama’s conservative critics- the association between his policies and socialism is something he has fought for years.
Mr Obama has continuously had to deal with opponents who argue that his implementation of universal health care is straight out of a socialist politician’s playbook.
At a meeting with a group of business executives in February 2010, Mr Obama addressed the issue head on.
‘Contrary to the claims of some of my critics and some of the editorial pages, I am an ardent believer in the free market,’ he said to the group.
The Australian supermodel went on to say that she thinks ‘foreigners like him’ and that ‘he’s very popular’.
Showing that she paid attention to political analysis since the 2008 election, Elle went on to comment about the President’s struggles to affect change while in office.
‘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 bleeping feel like I want change. It’s too difficult”,’ she said during the radio interview.
Elle will likely be in America often in the months leading up to the election as she is one of the star hosts on her new reality show, Fashion Star.
Mr Obama is particularly popular among the fashion set, as Vogue editor Anna Wintour has been one of his biggest fundraisers.
Last month she was deemed a top-tier fundraiser as she had raised more than $500,000 to help the President’s re-election campaign.
One week later she co-hosted a sold-out event for Runway To Win, a fashion-themed fundraising group, which had tickets ranging from $250 to $2,500 per plate.