When something fashion-y happens in the District, it’s huge news. No seriously! So it was no surprise when several DC reporters discovered Vogue was at the White House, they immediately shout to the rooftops that First Lady Michelle Obama was going to be on a Vogue cover. Well the wait is over!
The April issue of American Vogue features the First Lady, bearing arms in a teal Reed Krakoff shift dress. Inside the issue, Michelle talks about “the family” not “the first family,” and parenting. The President also contributes to the Jonathan Van Meter written article, in which the couple discuss how family shapes the President’s agenda and the First Lady’s fitness and nutrition initiative.
On whether they entertain enough in the White House, the First Lady says:
“I don’t think it’s our job to put an idea to rest. Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole. You know, we have small kids; they’re growing every day. But I think we were both pretty straightforward when we said, ‘Our number-one priority is making sure that our family is whole.’”
The President addresses the issue of their growing children (Sasha is 11, Malia is 14), and the change in dynamics in their relationship. Most tweens and teens don’t really think it’s cool to hang with their parents, which means the couple will be hitting the town again. The President jokes that even everyone will groan, “‘The Obamas are out in the club again?’” Uhmm we beg to differ! Most residents in the District will rejoice at seeing the President and First Lady out and about, especially the restaurants and lounges (if they do decide to cut a rug on the town).
The best part of the interview though is when the couple talks about the evolution of their style. Michelle reveals that the President still treasures his old khaki pants from his college days (must be nice to still fit into your 20 year old pants). Then in a quirky move, the President gives nod to one of his top donors, Beyonce, by comparing the Michelle to the singer. This pop culture reference illustrates that he’s still cool and probably listens to Top 40 hits.
“Now, in fairness,” says the President, “there is one thing that’s changed.” The First Lady looks at him. “What’s that?”
“Which is, I used to only have, like, two suits,” he says.
Now you must have dozens, I say.
“Thank God,” she says. “Now, let me tell you: This is the man who still boasts about, ‘This khaki pair of pants I’ve had since I was 20.’” The President throws his head back, laughing. “And I’m like, ‘You don’t want to brag about that.’ ” Jay Carney and the young staffers from the White House press office, who are all sitting on a sofa on the other side of the room, crack up.
“Michelle’s like Beyoncé in that song,” says the President. “ ‘Let me upgrade ya!’ She upgraded me.”
“The girls and I are always rooting when he wears, like, a stripe. They’re like, ‘Dad! Oh, you look so handsome. Oh, stripes! You go!’”
As for fashion advice for the rest of us, Michelle says:
“I always say that women should wear whatever makes them feel good about themselves. That’s what I always try to do. . . . I also believe that if you’re comfortable in your clothes it’s easy to connect with people and make them feel comfortable as well. In every interaction that I have with people, I always want to show them my most authentic self.”
The editorial, shot by Annie Leibovitz, also features the Michelle standing in front of a window in a Michael Kors sweater and ball skirt.
The April issue of Vogue will be on newsstands March 26, as well as in digital format available for download on iPad®, Kindle Fire, NOOK Color™, and NOOK Tablet™.