February 11th, 2009
04:42 PM ET
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Michelle Obama to grace new Vogue

 The first lady is interviewed for an article in the March issue of Vogue and is also featured on the magazine's cover.
The first lady is interviewed for an article in the March issue of Vogue and is also featured on the magazine's cover.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama, who has been called a new fashion icon, will grace the cover of Vogue’s March issue.

“'I love clothes,'” she tells the magazine.

“'First and foremost, I wear what I love. That’s what women have to focus on: what makes them happy and what makes them feel comfortable and beautiful. If I can have any impact, I want women to feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion.'”

But the new first lady is also pragmatic and is willing to take some fashion criticism here and there. “'I’m not going to pretend that I don’t care about it,'” Mrs. Obama says of negative reviews of the outfit she wore in Grant Park on Election Night.

“'But I also have to be practical. In the end, someone will always not like what you wear – people just have different tastes. Some will think that sweater was horrible, [but] I was cold; I needed that sweater!'”

Related video: Vogue editor on Obama cover


The first lady has developed a reputation for spotlighting the work of young, up-and-coming designers with her outfit choices. Her choice of a Jason Wu inauguration ball gown thrust the 26-year-old designer into the spotlight, designer Isabel Toledo also garnered attention because of the ensemble Michelle Obama chose to wear to her husband’s swearing-in, and J. Crew has benefited from the first lady’s affinity for the company’s clothing.


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  1. Andrea

    Michelle Obama is gracing the cover...no she's on the cover. Grace isn't a word I'd use to describe her. She's not pretty either...fit and young would be better.

    February 11, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. llabesab

    This type of adulation goes along with the reports that even 62 year old grandmas are having sexual fantasies about Pres. Obama. Michelle Obama may be intelligent; hip; smart; a good mother; a wonderful wife. But "beautiful" she ain't. If you think Michelle is beautiful, as a Black woman–or as any woman, how would you rate Halle Berry; or Lena Horne; or Rhianna; or Iman? I guess you would run out of superlatives. Compared to the mentioned group–and they only scratch the surface, Michelle is as average as average can be. That doesn't mean she isn't a "good woman."

    February 11, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. DOhio

    @ an American

    Do you really think Michelle Obama is responsible for setting this up with Vogue? I am quite sure she didn't call them up and ask. She speaks to women about balancing motherhood and jobs because that is a topic American women are interested in. I think she is an intelligent, vivacious woman, and I think we can expect much more from her in the future. As for me, I am an American woman, and I would venture to guess that I make less than you per year. I have never set foot in a WalMart.

    February 11, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    But with Michelle's hubby planning to tax us all into poverty to pay for his Grand Spending Spree, who's going to be able to afford all those fancy threads?

    February 11, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. Obama, first non-US citizen President!

    Sounds like great kindling for the fireplace, thanks.

    February 11, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Ms. Johnson, Pearland,Texas

    THERE IS SAFETY IN BLOGGING, IT ALLOWS ONE TO HIDE BEHIND WORDS, THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE THE COURAGE TO SAY OTHERWISE. IT ALSO ALLOWS SOME TO TALK BADLY ABOUT HOW OTHERS LOOK, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE PICTURES OF THOSE WITH THE MOST NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT MRS. OBAMA. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE ON THIS BLOG ARE PRINCETON AND HARVARD EDUCATED...I AM NOT.

    February 11, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. DeeTee

    I for one, have had enough of the airbrushed, vacant-eyed, bony , barely legal bleached babes these type of magazines keep trying to shove down our throats as the ideal of beauty. The fact is these girls don't really look like that and so when we see a real, grown-up beauty like Michelle Obama, and of a different race at that, we don't know how to react. The fact is, Mrs. O, with her tight figure, beautiful skin tone and open smile, is more beautiful than the average woman could ever hope to be.

    Shine on, Mrs. O!!!

    February 11, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. Pam

    What is wrong with you people???

    This a special note to those of you that are full of hate and rude and negative comments.

    Get a life!

    February 11, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. CMB

    I question the heart of anyone who would listen to Hannity and Rush for more than 5 minutes. Now I must exam myself for exposing my mind to the hate on this webside. No thanks CNN, I can get the news without the hate.

    February 11, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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