Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is a lawyer and writer. She was the first African-American First Lady of the United States. She has become a role model for women and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and worldwide adolescent girls’ education.
Obama brought a revolution to First Lady fashion. She kept it traditional when it was required but did her own thing when she could. She likes bold prints, experimenting with textures and she dares to go sleeveless. She rocks strapless and off-shoulder looks.
Obama purposefully chooses off-the-rack, but she also goes for new designers. She played a pivotal role in the careers of her favorite young designers including Isabel Toledo, Jason Wu, and Prabal Gurung, who just happen to be immigrants. Obama’s decision to open doors for young immigrant designers symbolizes the American Dream that so many immigrants long for. The current administration doesn’t share the Obamas’ enthusiasm for immigration and diversity.
Sophie Theallet, also one of the former First Lady’s go-to designers, has publicly refused to design for Melania Trump because of ”the rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband”. Designers Marc Jacobs, Derak Lam and Tom Ford have also refused to design for members of the White Nationalist regime.
In 2010, Obama launched Let’s Move! bringing together community leaders, educators, medical professionals, and parents, in a nationwide movement to challenge childhood obesity. Let’s Move! had an ambitious goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. Whether it was providing healthier food in our schools, helping kids be more physically active, or urging companies to market healthier foods to our children, Let’s Move! focused on giving parents the support they needed to make healthier choices for their kids. The Republicans hated her for it, calling her initiative: ”Nanny State”. Better to have ”Be Best”, the current First Lady’s campaign against online bullying while remaining married to the planet’s biggest cyber bully.
Back in the news this week, Obama and her handsome husband endorsed nearly 100 midterm candidates. They have largely steered clear of politics since leaving the White House, following tradition, but that may be changing.