Monday, March 18, 2013

Michelle Obama First Lady of Style

First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on the cover of the fashion glossy when the April issue of Vogue arrives on newsstands in less than two weeks. While other presidential first ladies are largely forgotten, Michelle Obama “Let’s Move” fitness campaign may be her official issue as first lady, but it will not be her greatest legacy

According to Vogue magazine Michelle’s greatest legacy will be permanently redefining the American ideal for femininity, beauty and womanhood, and her appearances in Vogue magazine will be remembered as central to this. However, Michelle Obama is the second First Lady to grace the cover of Vogue, that honor goes to Mrs Clinton in 1998. Nor is she the first women of color.

Contrary to folklore, the first black woman to appear on a Vogue cover was not brown-skinned Beverly Johnson but ethnically ambiguous-looking, although African-American, Donyale Luna, who graced the magazine’s British cover eight years before Johnson became the first black cover model for American Vogue in 1974. Donyale Luna becomes the first cover model of ethnic origin for Vogue, for an issue entitled Eye on the International Collections.

Unlike a model who may be hot today and gone tomorrow, Michelle Obama has emerged as American fashion’s most bankable face of the last half decade. Few models enjoy one Vogue cover, let alone two. Even fewer black women who aren’t models land two covers – with A-list stars such as BeyoncĂ© and Halley Berry, both of whom are light-skinned, being notable exceptions.

The First Lady seems to have settled comfortably into her pop-culture status as a fashion icon.Years from now, few will remember what President Obama said in his most recent State of the Union address. But some little girl will come across a copy of Michelle Obama’s Vogue magazine covers, presenting her in all of her dark-brown-skinned, full-lipped glory, and see herself and know that she is as beautiful as an American first lady. Almost as important, some people who don’t look like that little girl will have learned to appreciate her brown beauty, too, thanks to the First Lady of Style… Michelle Obama.