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Michelle Obama’s Vogue shoot — wise or not?

February 12, 2009

It must be hard to resist when a leading fashion magazine like Vogue wants to put you on their obama-michelle1cover.

But should First Lady Michelle Obama have agreed to pose for the style bible so soon after Barack Obama’s inauguration,  and at a time of severe economic crisis?

The Obamas have generated the kind of media coverage more usually given to A-list movie stars  than politicians (not counting French First Lady and former model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy).

Obama’s mix and match, designer and chain store style, has boosted the U.S. apparel industry  and been emulated by American women around the nation.

But do Americans want their First Lady to be a fashion model, or appearing in a magazine that advertises luxury shoes, jewelry, make-up and clothes at prices well beyond the pocket books of most working Americans?

Michelle wore her own clothes for the eight-page Vogue interview and photo-shoot. But was it a wise decision to agree to it?


The first Lady of the White House, Michele Obama is sharing with us her natural grace, what is bad with that. It is natural for her rank to do that now, she has inner class and style. Yes, I admire her way, as a professional,woman, mother, and wife,Vogue is know as a soficticated magazine,….but not far for any woman who likes fashion and style….I think that was wise because now, even economical crisis, the ideas and creativity can help to heal and maybe make distract from the economical worries and give some release to woman in this crisis. I am talking about the importance of relax in a good way. So if Michelle Obama apair in Vogue is not frivolity is a way to say …it is OK to look…:)

Posted by Maria | Report as abusive

Having just attempted to read and make sense of the first comment (Feb 12th, 2009;3:53am),
Vogue could probably sell more copies by simply printing pictures and omit any captions or articles.

Posted by prof lovell | Report as abusive

To pose for a leading fashion magazine is great. We agree that things beatiful is things forever. But all the people has only 24 hours in a day to do or not to do more useful things in his/her life which contribute to a better life for others. Its a pity if more and more human tend to waste the precious moment for the luxurious things while the world become deteriorating because less people care…….

Posted by Monica | Report as abusive

She wants to have her 15 minutes of fame. A First Lady should have more taste.

Posted by Richard | Report as abusive

Not wise, nor was the wearing of diamonds at a daytime inauguration wise. Note in this photo a copy of the
famous Jackie Kennedy pose taken in the 60′s White House. Is there nothing original about Mrs. Obama? She has already copied the most famous First Lady’s hair and sheath dresses. Obama does not have true style.

Posted by 1nycgal | Report as abusive

“If the green glove don’t fit ….”

Posted by Willy | Report as abusive

I am glad to have a first lady that has style and knows how to source items that are not necessarily “designer”. The fact that she in on the cover of Vogue shows that he style is respected by the Industry Insiders.


I will put this ‘the triumph of uglyness’ issue in the recycle, moreover i will stop my subscription to VOGUE who became a rag

Posted by jm | Report as abusive

Nothing wrong with it…and thehateful people on here who does not like it DON’T buy it

Posted by Tamarcqua | Report as abusive

Every First Lady since Lou Hoover, (except for Bess Truman) has been in Vogue magazine…..even Laura Bush. Hilary Clinton was the only Firast Lady until Michelle Obama to be on the cover.

Posted by Jane | Report as abusive

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