Michelle Obama

BATD ON Jan 27, 2009 AT 10:26 am

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is not a conventional First Lady: she’s from a blue collar family, educated at Ivy League institutions and most strikingly, she has an actual sense of personal style. She’s also the first African-American in her position, but we already knew that.

Known affectionately as the ‘South Side’ girl, because she was born and grew up on the south side of Chicago, Michelle was something of a child genius. She attended a specialist school and took advanced classes before getting into two Ivy League universities, Princeton and then the Harvard Law school. She then got a job as an associate at the Chicago office of Sidley Austin law firm, where she met Barack.

And the story ends there? Not at all. After working as a lawyer for a while, Michelle went back to her democratic roots and switched to the public sector, working for non-profit organisations and community projects. After Obama got elected to the Senate, they kept the house in Chicago and he commuted to Washington. Michelle places herself as a mother first, and so when it came to the election campaign, she promised to only stay away one night a week. She also told Obama that if he wanted her full support in his presidential run, he had to quit smoking. She may wear a lot of skirts and dresses, but I think we know who wears the trousers in that relationship…

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

What Michelle Obama is probably best known for, is her dress sense. A champion of style to the modern woman, there are even blogs dedicated to sourcing her outfits, predicting who she’ll wear on certain occasions, and generally singing her praises. Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta and Isabel Toledo are among the designers she has adorned herself with, always adding a personal touch. Her yellow Toledo inauguration day outfit was accompanied by a piece of vintage costume jewellery: a rhinestone pin, which complimented the outfit perfectly.

She writes her own speeches and learns them by heart. She wears vintage jewellery. She’s pretty damn cool.

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