Michelle Obama Covers March VOGUE

Our 1st Lady, Michelle Obama, is a phenomenal woman. She’s an educated brown sista, family oriented mother and wife, political icon, and well on her way to being a fashion icon. And, did I mention she has great hair?! Vogue’s editor at large Andre Leon Talley called his interviews with Mrs. Obama ahead of President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony “one of the best experiences of my life.”

Every first lady since Lou Hoover — save Bess Truman — has been featured in the high-fashion magazine, but Mrs. Obama is only the second to grace the cover. She appears wearing a magenta silk sheath dress by Jason Wu, who also designed her inaugural gown.

Much of the eight-page feature inside is devoted to Mrs. Obama’s self-described role as “mom in chief” to 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha.

“I’m going to try to take them to school every morning, as much as I can,” she said. “But there’s also a measure of independence. And obviously there will be times I won’t be able to drop them off at all. I like to be a presence in my kids’ school. I want to know the teachers; I want to know the other parents.”

Being Vogue, though, the conversation eventually turns to clothes.

Mrs. Obama said she is aware of how her wardrobe is being scrutinized, but she makes no apologies for her choices — even the Election Night combination of ripped-from-the-runway, fashion-forward dress and plain-Jane cardigan.

“I’m not going to pretend that I don’t care about it,” she said. “But I also have to be very practical. In the end, someone will always not like what you wear — people just have different tastes.”

She did choose outfits for the Vogue photos from labels she has worn before: Wu, who made her inaugural gown; Narcisco Rodriguez, the designer of that Election Night dress; and J. Crew, which she and her children have famously worn.
Most cover models have their clothes chosen for them by Vogue, or at least editors work as advisers. Not this time.
“She doesn’t need any help. She loves fashion and knows what works for her,” Talley said. “She’s never had a conversation with me about, `What do you think?’ or `How did this look?’ And I’m glad for that.”

24 Comments

  1. GO MICHELLE. SHE LOOKS BEAUTIFUL. I LOVE HER SO MUCH AND I’M GLAD THAT HER AND BARACK ARE OUR PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY. :koolaid:

  2. i don’t really like the cover shot i think the hand under her chin is akward.

  3. I Love Michelle, Goregeous & Sophisticated, Nothing Is More Sexier Than An Smart & Beautiful Woman :brownsista: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

  4. Nice pictures but I would have liked a different cover shot. Something more artsy. She looks very very good. I am so proud to be a brownsista – always have been, always will be! :brownsista:

  5. I have a lot of question on this really, given that i have wriiten about fascism on Fashion magazine covers, well I am not an avid follower of fashion but I have been interested in the politics of Vogue.

    Let us remember that this is the same magazine which has Le Bron James growling like a Tarzan figure.

    Suddenky they capitalised on that publicity by having Italian Vogue having an all female issue, which sold out like hot cakes.

    The politics of Fahion might be changing.

    So are we ready to see more Black model gracing mainstream covers of fashion, it will be interresting to watch

  6. @Designs,

    I have to agree with you on that one. The funny thing is, I used to be a huge fan of Vogue myself, but I started boycotting them this past winter when the umpteenth Kate Hudson cover came out. While I am proud that this wonderful and accomplished Black women was featured on the cover of this prominent magazine, part of me thinks that this is Vogue jumping on the bandwagon.

    Also, co-sign on the Italian vogue thing too. I was telling my friends that Vogue didn’t put out anytthing on black models until they saw that Italian Vogue was going to do a tribute to them. So to make up for it they put together this sloppy one page feature on black women in fashion. It was embarrassing.

    And while I’m at it, why is that Black women have to do something spectacular like win an Oscar, (Halle, Jennifer), or become First lady to be on the cover, when a smalltime actress like Blake Lively who has never won an award, and is one part of a cast of a popular tv show, (gossip girls), gets the cover? (Last month.) What has she accomplished? It’s not like we don’t a plethora of talented high profile and fashionable minority women to choose from. Tyra Banks, Beyonce, Rihanna, and the list goes on. I can count on one hand the number of minority women I have seen on that cover in the last five years. (Salma Hayek, Liya Kebede, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson) It’s just terrible.

  7. the epitome of a black woman
    Take notes, Stop and stare, Unlike your twisted hip hop definition She is the hottest smartest most admire “chick” in the game

  8. Beautiful cover and pictures. I love how she stays true to herself and does not let others define who she should or shouldn’t be. Also, I love that she is not all caught up in the whole “fashion” thing. I’m loving how she is flaunting that wedding ring, lol. She is truly an inspiration. And koodles to Vogue for this cover and the Black Italia edition.

  9. The picture they chose for the cover is not the most flattering of Michelle; but, as Voice said, Michelle is still the hottest “chick” in the game (hands down!). The Obamas mind as well have come up with the word fabulosity, because they sure do epitomize it.

  10. Torya she flaunts her wedding ring because she is VERY HAPPY with her marriage and the man she chosed, I’ ll flaunt it too LOOOL

  11. Of course Italia Vogue will do a Black issue, there men love black women, so our beauty is more celebrated publicly there , than here.

    The First Lady pictures are beautiful. I love the cover photo, it’s realistic. She’s not a celebrity or model. First Lady Obama is the First Lady of the United States, the editors had to keep it simple and elegant. The dress is perfect, when the nation is in dire need of stimulus, it would be tacky if Mrs.Obama would have worn an expensive dress. I love her sense of fashion, it’s a calculated move, and I appreciate that. However, I would love to see her in pieces that accenuate her womanness, and move away from the whole simple mommy-fashionista vibe. When she really wants to dress, she can throw down. Her wardrobe choices are starting to look mommish, and somewhat over doing it. I love the Narcisso Rodriguez dress, she wore that was red and black, because it was sexy, youthful.

    It’s just irritating to think that Mrs. Obama is so afraid to appear sexy, that she is playing it way to safe. However if Pres. Obama wants her to look mommish and not sexy, than more power to her, cuz I would so go along with the President. lol.

    Well at the end of the day, it’s her fashion sense, and she probably doesn’t want to offend the Mommy Brigande who waste their time focusing on Mommyhood and not womanhood.

  12. Of course Italia Vogue will do a Black issue, there men love black women, so our beauty is more celebrated publicly there , than here.

    True

  13. “In the end, someone will always not like what you wear — people just have different tastes” Michelle Obama.

    I could’ve said it better. It is a very good thing she has a strong personal fashion taste, and she does not worry much about people’s scrutiny of it. She knows what she wants and what works for her best. I love that inauguration ball gown she wore. She has a very beautiful family.

  14. Mikela, it’s jealously that’s why. Always was and don’t want the black female stars outshining them because they know it can happen. GQ is the same way with black men…white males don’t want to be outshined by them either.

    I love Michelle. They could’ve did a better cover though but it’s alright. Love the fushia.

  15. Mikela, I feel and share your frustration. Xiomara makes a good point in saying that “jealousy” is a big reason why we don’t see too, too many women of color on the cover of Vogue. I will also add that it is also a function of what is called ” the possessive investment in whiteness”. I have writen about this before. But for the sake of those who aren’t familiar with this concept, please bare with me as I write about it again.
    The “possessive investment in whiteness”, put very simply, is racism that is so subtle that it’s hard to see, yet there it is all in your face. To use Vogue as an example, the inherent racism is hidden in the form of a magazine. When we see Vogue at the magazine stand, we figure it’s only a magazine. Yet, way more often than not, the picture on the cover is of a white girl. In other words, Vogue is saying that if you’re not a white girl, then you’re not beautiful enough to be on the cover. To me, that’s racist.
    Now as for My belle Michelle, she’s very literate, highly intelligent, highly educated, and very, very attractive. I love the lady and how she dresses.

  16. She is such a gorgeous woman and very classy, I wish the youngings could take example and stop their foolishness 🙁

  17. Mikela, i heard that andre leon talley pitched the idea of an all black issue years ago but anna wintour killed it. and had to eat crow when italian vogue stole the idea.

  18. @ Bohwe
    I read an article back in January (sorry, no link) where the writer commented that all 1st ladies whose hubby’s won a second term did “loosen up” during the second term. If I were in her shows, then I think I would be even more conservative than normal when I know that the whole world is watching me.

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