Michelle Obama is Vogue’s Cover Girl Next Month


February 11, 2009 10:36 AM

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies and Sunlen Miller report:

First lady Michelle Obama is on the cover of next month’s Vogue magazine, making her the second first lady to don the fashion magazine’s cover.

Photographed for Vogue’s March issue by famed photographer Annie Leibowitz and interviewed by Andre Leon Talley, Mrs. Obama is shown in a magenta dress seated on a sofa in the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington, DC. The dress is by Jason Wu, the man who designed her white floor-length inaugural ball gown. In addition, inside the magazine are portraits of Mrs. Obama in a J. Crew cardigan, and a Narcisco Rodriguez dress.

Mrs. Obama in an interview with the magazine tells Vogue of her own style, “I love clothes…First and foremost, I wear what I love. That’s what women have to focus on: what makes them feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion.”

On her new role as First Lady Mrs. Obama talked about her own upbringing, “We learned in our household that there was nothing you couldn’t talk about and that you found humor in even the toughest of times. I want to bring that spirit of warmth, openness, and stability to my task,” she said in the interview.

While Mrs. Obama has been on the covers of many magazines in the past – “Ebony” and “Essence” among others — this is her first as First Lady.

Aides in the First Lady’s office expect Mrs. Obama to sit for other such covers– they say it’s part of introducing her and the family to the American people. Mrs. Obama has said that she has a desire to give her daughters and other young African American women the opportunity to see people who look like them on the cover of magazines.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the only former First Lady to make the cover of Vogue in 1998. During the presidential race last February Mrs. Clinton was set to appear on the cover, but backed out – apparently concerns were raised that in the heat of the campaign against then Senator Obama, that she would appear “too feminine.”:

In her editor’s letter that month, Anna Wintour wrote, “The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying.”

–Yunji de Nies and Sunlen Miller


~ by blkirish on February 11, 2009.

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