For some reason, we don’t find that appealing–and neither do we find her fierce cat costume (one of 58 over-the-top get-ups designed by Thierry Mugler for the stage) intriguing…Seriously, does one really need to have the panther paws/cheetah spots painted on one’s skin?!
And while we love our President and the saturated coverage surrounding his claim to power, it’s the women behind his White House that we’re really intrigued with.
Here are the Top 5 Vogue features on the stylish and strong women of the Obama administration:
1. Michelle Obama in September 2007: In its first feature on the would-be First Lady, Vogue dubbed the “truth-telling,” outspoken Michelle Obama “The Natural.” Unlike most campaign wives, Michelle didn’t shy away from her independence as a person: “Work is rewarding. I love losing myself in a set of problems that have nothing to do with my husband and children. Once you’ve tasted that, it’s hard to walk away.”
2. Valerie Jarrett in October 2008: As senior adviser to Obama, Jarrett took center stage in Vogue, being dubbed “Barack’s Rock”. The Chicago businesswoman said of the couple: “Barack’s mom was on food stamps for a while…Michelle’s father was a blue-collar worker…And yet Barack and Michelle went to the best schools in the country! And instead of pursuing the corner office at a big law firm, they both devoted their lives to public service!”
3. Jill Biden in November 2008: The mother of three, college professor and dedicated politician’s wife posed with the women of the Biden family. “When I first gave her a hug,” Michelle Obama said of the now-VP’s wife, “I could feel that she was, like, real people. You know? You can sort of tell. She was sweet, down-to-earth and very open and honest, and I liked her right away. And now I just love her to death.”
4. Desiree Rogers in February 2009: Ringing a new era to the White House, the President’s new Social Secretary made headlines for her impeccable taste: “[My purpose] is helping people visualize what the Obama presidency is about, the feelings Americans voted for—inclusion, transparency, embracing people you might never otherwise learn about—and also translating the splendor, that sweetness, that comfort of the White House to everyone.”
5. Michelle Obama in March 2009: The cover read “The First Lady The World’s Been Waiting For” but she rather be called “mom in chief.” But no mom could deny her fashion icon status: “I’m not going to pretend that I don’t care about it. But I also have to be very practical. In the end, someone will always not like what you wear – people just have different tastes.”
With another influential black beauty (Beyonce Knowles on April 2009 Shape Issue) landing a cover of Vogue, Blindie compiled a list of our favorite Vogue covers featuring phenomenal black women:
1. Oprah Winfrey: Although she famously was told to lose weight for her October 1998 cover of Vogue, the world’s first black billionaire was hailed as a burgeoning movie star with her love project, the screen adaptation of Toni Morrison’s Beloved.
2. Liya Kebede: The humanitarian supermodel and the first black face of Estee Lauder landed her first and only solo cover of Vogue in May 2005. But the model didn’t only model in the issue, she discussed her work on behalf of children around the world, “Cover Model with a Cause!”
3. Beverly Johnson: The modeling legend broke the mold in August 1974 when she became the first black woman to land on the cover of Vogue. The magazine dubbed her beauty, “The Today Look.”
4. Michelle Obama: Vogue dubbed the effortlessly fit and fashionable Michelle O. “The First Lady the World’s Been Waiting For” on their March 2009 cover–and we couldn’t agree anymore!
5. Jennifer Hudson: On the eve of her Oscar win, the Dreamgirls star and American Idol reject took her curves to Vogue‘s Power Issue in March 2007. “To embrace Jennifer’s success and give her a cover that is absolutely historical and unique in the 115-year history of Vogue Magazine,” Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley said.
Beyonce finally gets her Vogue cover with the fashion bible’s annual Shape Issue (very appropriate).
Declaring that real women have curves, Vogue talks weight and body image with the curvy singer.
In a TMen’s cover story called “Tomorrow’s Big-Screen Stars Are on TV”, Kitsch and Charles are among the actors highlighted in the dapper photo spread.
Charles, who plays Smash Williams on the small town football drama, says his role model is Christopher Plummer from The Sound of Music and he can next be seen alongside Woody Harrelson in the soldier drama The Messenger.
On the other hand, Kitsch (better known as bad boy hottie Tim Riggins), who says his onscreen role model is Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking, can next be seen as Cajun mutant in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds.
Talk about a yummy-fest!
In the April issue of O, Oprah interviews the first lady from the White House.
“Say what you will about books—people do judge a magazine by its cover, which is why it’s important to me to keep the cover of this one looking fresh,” says Oprah. “And right now nothing—and I mean nothing—is fresher than the family that moved into the White House in January, sparking a national spirit of renewal the likes of which I’ve never seen.”
Blindie’s loving this cover with two of the highest-profile black women in the world!