MVL Style Icon: First Lady Michelle Obama

July 16, 2010

By Katrice

I have a photo of First Lady Michelle Obama in a linen pant suit with a peplum jacket on my desk. It's a simple print; one that hardly catches anyone's attention. But, I chose it because the first time I saw Lady Michelle on stage, I felt as if I was looking at myself. She was strong and her posture regal. Without ever having met her, I related to her -- as African-American women relate to each other in terms of the politics of the black female body. Propelled into the spotlight, she was our answer to defying the standard paradigm of beauty. And the best part: The unapologetically curvaceous Mrs. Obama hasn't cowered in the background, acceding to critics of her personality and style. She has chosen when and where she will enter. 

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