Mrs O is on the cover of Vogue’s April 2013 issue. This cover was shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz and is the second time Mrs Obama has appeared on the cover of the magazine. The first was shortly after her husband, President Barrack Obama, was elected in 2008 for his first term in office. For Mrs Obama’s debut appearance on the Vogue cover in March 2009, she sat curled on a sofa with her arms lightly wrapped one over the other in a protective gesture; and the discomfort in her facial expression is palpable.
However, in an open, and assertive stance, she leans against a table and looks directly into the camera’s lens with her bare arms resting at her side on the April 2013 cover. Wearing a Reed Krakoff dress, taken from her own closet, in cerulean blue with a flourish of purple at the neckline, Mrs Obama looks comfortable, at ease, and happy.
Michelle was interviewed by Jonathan Van Meter and she spoke about family values and pushing back at critics who say she and the president need to socialize more. The First Lady also summarized her relationship to fashion in one paragraph insinuating perhaps that she has more important things on her mind.
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.’