Michelle Obama is Flawless on the Cover of T Magazine, The Greats Issue.
Michelle Obama has redefined presidential style during her eight year tenure as first lady. Early on she showed an appreciation for fashion and quickly gained the attention of every top designer across the world. As her reign as FLOTUS comes to an end, the first lady pauses for a moment of reflection as she covers T Magazine’s second annual “The Greats Issue”.
Mrs. Obama joins an eclectic and accomplished bunch for the publication’s latest issue. Influential personalities including Lady Gaga, Junya Watanabe, Zadie Smith, William Eggleston, Kerry James Marshall and Massimo Batturo each grace a special cover. Michelle’s cover, photographed by Collier Schorr is incredibly impressionable. Shot in moody black & white, FLOTUS offers a confident yet inviting sense of poise.
Instead of a cover interview, the issue features four heartfelt thank you notes from literary A-listers Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gloria Steinem, Jon Meachem and Rashida Jones.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Michelle Obama:
“She had rhythm, a flow and swerve, hands slicing air, body weight moving from foot to foot, a beautiful rhythm. In anything else but a black American body, it would have been contrived.”
“She had become an American style icon. Her dresses and workouts. Her carriage and curves. Toned arms and long slender fingers. Even her favored kitten heels, for women who cannot fathom wearing shoes in the halfway house between flats and high heels, have earned a certain respect because of her. No public figure better embodies that mantra of full female selfhood: Wear what you like.”
Gloria Steinem on Michelle Obama:
“But she really entered my imagination once she became first lady, a tall, strong, elegant and seriously smart woman who happened to live in the White House. She managed to convey dignity and humor at the same time, to be a mother of two daughters and insist on regular family dinners, and to take on health issues and a national food industry addicted to unhealthy profits. She did this despite an undertow of bias in this country that subtly questioned everything she did. Was she too strong, physically and intellectually, to be a proper first lady?”
Jon Meacham on Michelle Obama:
“She was not Mrs. Roosevelt or Mrs. Carter or Mrs. Reagan or Mrs. Clinton, playing roles in affairs of state. Instead she did what the first African-American first lady arguably had to do to play a successful public role. In Voltaire’s terms, she cultivated her own garden, never threatening and never intimidating her neighbors. Much more doubtless unfolded beneath the surface or behind closed doors; history will sort that out. For now, it is enough to say that she is leaving the White House a strong and popular figure with a lifetime of good will and great reservoirs of capital on which to draw as she and her husband write their next chapters.”
Rashida Jones on Michelle Obama:
“If feminism’s goal is equal opportunity and choice, Michelle makes me feel like every choice is available. You can go to Princeton and Harvard, you can rap with Missy Elliott, you can be a mother and a lawyer and a powerful orator. You can champion the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, while also caring about fashion. You can dance with Ellen and also fearlessly remind people, on live television, of the reality of your position: “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.” You can be your husband’s partner and supporter, and also use your cultural and political capital to campaign for Hillary Clinton, unflinchingly standing up to her “locker room talk”-ing bully of an opponent with the battle cry “enough is enough!” – eloquently putting into words what a lot of people, myself included, had been feeling.”
Michelle Obama will have her own legacy, separate from her husband’s. And it will be that she was the first first lady to show women that they don’t have to choose. That it’s okay to be everything.
Check out Michelle Obama’s full cover story on the T magazine site or pick up the issue available on newsstands now.