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Style File: Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama, First Lady of America

Biography: As a African-American woman born in the 1960’s Michelle Obama has faced many setbacks and difficulties in her life but has pressed forward with resolute courage and unfaltering determination. Raised in a simple one-bedroom apartment on the top floor of a brick bungalow, she understands what many colored American’s face on a day-to-day basis. Michelle and her brother grew up witnessing events that ingrained in her the determination to fight for the black people of America. – One such incident tells of a carpenter, who happens to be her grandfather who was denied union membership due to his race, was shut out of the city’s top construction jobs. Rather than sinking into despair and hopelessness of what may become of the future, Michelle encouraged by her family, pressed on with even more determination and courage to fight for the recognition that colored men and women deserved. And she has done, just that with phenomenal success!

The Look: Michelle channels the 1950’s and 1960’s streamlined and simple look. Appearing on many best-dressed lists she draws frequent comparisons to Jacqueline Kennedy – famous for her elegant 1960’s suit and pillbox hat. Often opting for light summer dresses, with floral prints on informal occasions; or on more formal occasions she often favors a classy knee-length dress or a simple pencil skirt and jacket. Reggie Wells who performfs power-puff duties for Michelle and her husband claims that “she will be the next Jacqueline (Kennedy) Onassis. She has perfect skin. She’s gorgeous, clever and elegant” And isn’t that just want America wants their next First Lady to be?

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“…I’m extremely happy with her, and part of it has to do with the fact that she is at once completely familiar to me, so that I can be myself and she knows me very well and I trust her completely, but at the same time she is also a complete mystery to me in some ways. And there are times when we are lying in bed and I look over and sort of have a start. Because I realize here is this other person who is separate and different and has different memories and backgrounds and thoughts and feelings. It’s that tension between familiarity and mystery that makes for something strong, because, even as you build a life of trust and comfort and mutual support, you retain some sense of surprise or wonder about the other person.”

President Barack Obama

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7 Comments

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    Andrea
    November 3, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Ummm…no?

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      me
      April 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      Agreed.

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    Mae
    November 4, 2008 at 4:02 am

    Not if having Michelle Obama for a First Lady means having Barrack Obama for President! It’s no secret that Obama has promised that the first thing he will do as president will be to pass the Freedom of Choice Act. That Act would remove all restrictions on abortion, leaving America’s innocent unborn children more defenceless than ever! Your biography of Michelle Obama shows a woman who, because of the color of her skin, was treated unfairly and did not always enjoy the rights every American deserves, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. However, Michelle Obama did have life, and was able to rely on herself to overcome the unfair obstacles of her day. It would seem that someone who was forced to fight for her freedom would be especially eager to help others gain their freedom as well. And who better to help than those who can not help themselves, the unborn human beings who are in danger of death?!
    Sorry, but simply having the outward characteristics of grace and poise are not going to cut it for the next First Lady if the lives of the living, growing babies in their mothers’ wombs are going to be sentenced to death with her approval.
    On November 4th, vote for the babies! I’d sure want someone to speak up for me if I couldn’t speak up for myself!

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    Easy and Elegant Life
    November 13, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Unfortunately, she strayed from the path with the black and red Narciso Rodriguez number. At least in my opinion. Glad I don’t live in a fishbowl.

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    cultivateddiscipline
    May 22, 2009 at 12:34 am

    I love her sense of style and am delighted that she has re-introduced beautiful colors to the fashion world. She is graceful, smart and beautiful; clearly the toast of America. I am deeply moved that she has chosen to champion the cause of our men and women in uniform. Clearly she is a classy, gifted woman who brings dignity and warmth to the office of the First Lady of the United States.

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    Lillian Purnell
    June 4, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I really thought I’d run across a site that might point me in the right direction for guidance on grace and poise for today’s lady. But while perusing your Style File on First Lady Michelle Obama, I ran across wording in the first paragraph that I simply could not believe. In fact, I read it a couple of times to make sure my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me. You actually referred to Mrs. Obama and other African Americans as “colored” AND it’s there more than once which leads me to believe you meant to do that. Colored. Colored?? Are you serious? Until you can pull your standards up and into the 21st century where you are able to properly identify the numerous ethnicities in this world I’ll not be a party to your hints &/or advice. Grace and poise of a lady… Indeed!!

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      zelda
      August 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Perhaps Clare is European and speaks / writes British English – the site is thoughtfully put together nonetheless.

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