Michelle Obama Graces Cover of Vogue ...

Beautiful choice on the cover. But Hillary looks like she was dressed for a funeral in her pic.





Michelle Obama graces cover of Vogue... in clothes she chose for the shoot herself

It's official: Michelle Obama is the first lady of American fashion, appearing on the cover of the March issue of Vogue.

Every first lady since Lou Hoover - save Bess Truman - has been featured in the high-fashion magazine, but Mrs Obama is only the second to grace the cover.

The only other First Lady to do so was Hillary Clinton.


Cover girl: Michelle Obama becomes the second First Lady to ever appear on the cover of Vogue

Mrs Obama appears wearing a magenta silk sheath dress by Jason Wu that she herself chose for the shoot. Wu also designed her inaugural gown.

Much of the eight-page feature inside is devoted to Mrs. Obama's self-described role as 'mom in chief' to 10-year-old Malia and seven-year-old Sasha.

'I'm going to try to take them to school every morning, as much as I can,' she said.


Mom in chief: A delighted Mrs Obama hugs children after reading them a book at Mary's Centre in Washington yesterday



Mrs Obama receives more hugs from the children at Mary's Centre yesterday. She has sworn that her daughters Sasha and Malia will remain her priority

'But there's also a measure of independence. And obviously there will be times I won't be able to drop them off at all. I like to be a presence in my kids' school. I want to know the teachers; I want to know the other parents.'

Being Vogue, though, the conversation eventually turns to clothes.

Mrs. Obama said she is aware of how her wardrobe is being scrutinised, but she makes no apologies for her choices - even the Election Night combination of ripped-from-the-runway, fashion-forward dress and plain-Jane cardigan.

Wu also designed the gown Mrs Obama wore on the night her husband was inaugurated as president


Mrs Obama chose other designers she has worked with before for the Vogue photo shoot - including Narcisco Rodriguez, who designed her dress for Election Night, above

'I'm not going to pretend that I don't care about it,' she said.

'But I also have to be very practical. In the end, someone will always not like what you wear - people just have different tastes.'

Hillary Clinton was the first First Lady to appear on the cover of Vogue for the December, 1998 issue

She did choose outfits for the Vogue photos by labels she has worn before.

They included Wu, who made her inaugural gown; Narcisco Rodriguez, the designer of that Election Night dress; and J. Crew, which she and her children have famously worn.

Most cover models have their clothes chosen for them by Vogue, or at least editors work as advisers. Not this time.

'She doesn't need any help. She loves fashion and knows what works for her,' Vogue's editor at large Andre Leon Talley said.

'She's never had a conversation with me about, 'What do you think?' or 'How did this look?' And I'm glad for that.'

Talley called his interview with Mrs Obama ahead of President Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony 'one of the best experiences of my life.'

'She's so accessible, natural and normal. There's nothing affected about her,' he said.

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