After receiving two thumbs up from fashionistas around the world for her stylish yet sensible clothing choices, Michelle Obama has been rewarded by being placed on the March cover of Vogue Magazine. This makes her the 2nd first lady to be added to this elite list (Hilary Clinton was first) of political figures to grace the cover of this staple in the world of fashion.
On the cover, Michelle wears a magenta Jason Wu dress — as everyone probably remembers, he designed her white Inauguration dress. The significance of the Vogue cover is multi-faceted, particularly because of the past public debates surrounding Vogue and their lack of including women of certain sizes or races in their magazine.
Inside the pages, Michelle stays true to the person that we’ve learned to love and appreciate during the past two years.
On being a mom: I’m going to try to take them to school every morning — as much as I can. 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.
On her background: We like to joke that the South Side of Chicago is our Kennebunkport. . . . We learned in our household that there was nothing you couldn’t talk about and that you found humor in even some of the toughest times. I want to bring that spirit of warmth, openness, and stability to my task.
On her fashion choices: I love clothes. First and foremost, I wear what I love. That’s what women have to focus on: what makes them happy and what makes them feel comfortable and beautiful. If I can have any impact, I want women to feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion.
On bringing Sasha and Malia along on trips: I’ve been grateful that my girls have been able to see parts of the country that I’m just seeing at the age of 44,” she says. “It’s not only seeing Paris, London, and Rome. It’s also the remote places . . . exposing them to what we hope all kids will have: a feeling that they are citizens of the world.”