Michelle Obama's Vogue Cover Highlights the Style and Substance We'll Miss in the White House
When sitting down with Vogue, Michelle Obama reminded us that "any First Lady, rightfully, gets to define her role." Michelle didn't come into the White House with any legislative obligations or authority; the impact she's had on schools, women and our youth, health and wellness, and, surely, fashion has been her own legacy. Now, we can hardly imagine a White House in which our first lady is anything but informed and thoughtful, even about the dresses and designers she wears.
When Vogue asked about her "brave" fashion choices, Michelle's response was, unsurprisingly relatable and honest:
"It all boils down to comfort level: If I'm going to make you comfortable, than I have to be comfortable first. So my first reaction isn't 'Who made this?' But 'Let's try it on. What does it look like? Oooh, that's cute. Oh, wow. I never thought of wearing something like this. Let's put a belt on it. I feel gooood in this.' There are definitely designers that I love, people I love to work with. And who they are as people matters. Are they good people? Do they treat their staff well? Do they treat my staff well? Are they young? Can I give them a boost? But! When all of that is equal . . . is it cute?!"
Like all women who love fashion, Michelle seems to have fun with it all, but her awareness of the industry and her work to spotlight young talent have made her an icon. Read on to see her looking like the fashion legend she is with portraits shot by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue's December issue.