Michelle Obama will grace the cover of Vogue, for a second time. For the past 10 years, Vogue’s April edition has been its “Shape” issue, focusing on “the beauty and well-being of women’s bodies.” With the FLOTUS’ “Let’s Move!” initiative, it’s quite apropos for her to grace the April cover.
Michelle Obama’s first Vogue cover was in March 2009 (pictured above). She wore a pink dress designed by Jason Wu and was photographed by Annie Leibovitz. She first appeared in the magazine in 2005, when her husband was a U.S. senator from Illinois. A profile of her appeared in the September 2006 issue with an accompanying portrait by Leibovitz.
In the March 2009 issue of Vogue, Andre Leon Talley wrote the cover story, and Michelle spoke about her upbringing on the South Side of Chicago and how she plans on raising her daughters:
She doesn’t come from a culture of exclusivity, and she doesn’t appreciate a “members only” attitude. “We like to joke that the South Side of Chicago is our Kennebunkport,” she says. She’ll be guided by another lesson of her upbringing: “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.”
Talley also wrote about Michelle’s signature style:
What makes her feel good are clean-cut American clothes with a youthful vitality: At a fund-raiser I cohosted in New York last year, she showed up in a tunic and palazzo pants by Isabel Toledo (who also designed the lemongrass ensemble she wore to the swearing-in ceremony), with a necklace by Tom Binns. The day of our interview at the Hay-Adams, she wears a soft, silk-crepe accordion-pleat dress by 34-year-old Thakoon Panichgul; Jason Wu, who designed her Inaugural ball dress, is only 26.
Mrs. Obama’s lithe frame — an uncommon figure for an American First Lady, let’s be honest — and her ardent championing of new names in American design have induced many to describe her as a potential “new Jackie Kennedy.” But that really isn’t her. Pragmatism, not glamour, is what matters when she gets dressed.
There hasn’t been any information on the new photographer or designer she’ll be wearing, but I’m sure it won’t be Vivienne Westwood.
If you had to choose, which designer would you like to see Michelle in?