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Iran alters First Lady s Oscars dress
Michelle Obama's Oscars dress was deemed too racy in Iran and was altered. Picture: FARS news agency/wordpress

Michelle Obama's Oscars dress was deemed too racy in Iran, whose semi-official Fars news agency altered photos of the US First Lady's appearance at the Academy Awards yesterday.

Audiences were stunned when President Barack Obama's wife appeared live via satellite link from the White House to declare Ben Affleck's film Argo the winner of the coveted Best Picture statuette.

A photo of Obama in her silver Naeem Khan gown was edited by Fars so that her chest and shoulders were covered, and more in line with the country's guidelines about women.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's teenage daughter came up with the idea to have the First Lady make a surprise appearance at the Academy Awards.

Organisers managed to keep her cameo under wraps and even Affleck admitted he was shocked.

"I was sort of hallucinating when that was happening," he told reporters.

"Over the course of a hallucination, it doesn't seem that odd. Oh, a purple elephant. Oh, Michelle Obama. I was just asking these two guys outside, 'Was that Michelle Obama?' In retrospect, anyway it was very cool."

Now it has emerged the plan was dreamed up by Weinstein's daughter Lily, who helped her dad and Academy bosses work out the details with Michelle in Washington DC two weeks ago.

Academy President Hawk Koch told The Hollywood Reporter: "I loved that we pulled it off."

Koch also reveals acting legend Jack Nicholson was standing by with the results in a second envelope in case a technical error interrupted the video stream.

First Lady Michelle Obama appears on screen. Picture: AP