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Michelle Obama’s 2009 Glamour Woman of The Year

October 30, 2009

1026-glamour-coverFirst Lady Michelle Obama struck a radiant pose in a scarlet red Jason Wu drop waist dress (from her closet) for the December 2009 cover edition of GLAMOUR magazine. Instant reaction: What a lucky man Barack is! Educated and fab that Michelle is! 

The lifestyle women publication also awarded Barack’s number one fan (re: Mrs. Michelle Obama, if you don’t get my sense of humor) the coveted Woman of The Year for mentorship of young women. Pretty cool, isn’t it?

For her candid interview, Michelle discussed various topics including Barack, love, her sanity, mentoring, and dating advice.
On how she keeps her sanity: “I have always tried to put my kids first, and then…put myself a really close second, as opposed to fifth or seventh. One thing that I’ve learned from male role models is that they don’t hesitate to invest in themselves.”

On how she deals with public scrutiny of her appearance: “People are always going to have opinions, and people have a right to their opinions, particularly when you’re the First Lady; you’re representing the nation. So I can’t be surprised that people are interested. But I’ve tried to be at peace with the choices that I make first, and then be open to everyone else’s reflection.”

On her dating advice for women: “Cute’s good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it’s, Who are you as a person? Don’t look at the bankbook or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul.. When you’re dating a man, you should always feel good… You shouldn’t be in a relationship with somebody who doesn’t make you completely happy and make you feel whole.”

On mentoring: “I think that mentoring is such a critical part of the role I can play in this position. I see how little bits of exposure and big bits of exposure really change my girls significantly, and I want that for more girls around the country and the world.” glamour


On the fashion tip, Jason Wu has quickly become Mrs. Obama’s go-to designer of choice….notably from the day of the Inauguration to her Barbara Walters TV Special to this recent newsstand cover. The writing’s on the wall that Jason Wu and Michelle Obama are fashion best combination…and if I must pick a favorite. That honor has to be this yellow one with the Alaia belt as she stepped off Air Force One in London holding hands with her husband.


Jason Wu also made history with Michelle via her first Vogue cover feature that she did earlier this year for her daughters Sasha and Malia as she told Vogue editor at large Andre Leon Talley.

This all means more Wu-Obama collaborations in the near future. Be sure to pick up a copy of Glamour at your closest newsstand…

Photo credits: glamour//AP//zimbio//wwd//abc news


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