March 12th, 2013
02:57 PM ET
10 years ago

Another term, another 'Vogue' cover for Michelle Obama

(CNN) – Michelle Obama will appear on the cover of April's edition of Vogue, the second time the first lady's photo has graced the front of the fashion bible.

A source close to the process confirmed the first lady's April cover to CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho.

Vogue has, for the past decade, run its "Shape issue" in April, focusing on what they describe as "the beauty and well-being of women's bodies." Past covers have featured Brooke Shields, Scarlett Johansson and Gisele Bundchen.

Michelle Obama last appeared on Vogue's cover in March 2009, wearing a pink dress designed by Jason Wu, who had two months earlier dressed the first lady for that year's inauguration balls. She also wore a Jason Wu gown to this year's inaugural balls. The photograph was by famed portraitist Annie Leibovitz.

She first made an appearance in the magazine in 2005, when her husband was a U.S. senator from Illinois. A profile of her appeared in the September 2006 issue with an accompanying portrait by Leibovitz.

The past two first ladies have both appeared in the magazine – Hillary Clinton was pictured on the cover, and Laura Bush was profiled along side a Leibovitz photo.

The editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, was a major fundraiser for Obama during last year's presidential campaign.

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Filed under: Michelle Obama
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. max

    Ugh! Enough already!!

    March 12, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Terri

    Every time I see this woman Marie Anttonite comes to mind.

    March 12, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Vogue magazine has a very ugly past and for that, I'll probably never purchase a copy but I'm sure the First Lady looks amazing. Good for her.

    March 12, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Joi Gibson

    Love, love, love the First Lady!!

    March 12, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. lottie

    she is not only nice looking but a very good first lady smart funny and doing a good job. So what's the big deal??

    March 12, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. B. German

    She is absolutely amazing!!!!!!

    March 12, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Babyboomer

    People, don't you get it. This First Lady is a history maker. You don't have to like it but it's still a fact. She is likely the most photographed First Lady since Jackie O. I for one am glad because have started quite a collection of these magazines, books, article, etc. It's something I want my grandchildren and great grandchildren to know about and be proud of. Those of you who have had 45 First Ladies who looked like you couldn't possibly understand how much this kind of thing means to women of color...

    March 12, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    I love our FLOTUS!

    March 12, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. ronvan

    Beautiful, inrtelligent, and STILL young enough to dance & have some fun! NOT, like the old "fuddy duddies" that are so old the only fun they can have is to chew gum!

    March 12, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Mark in Seattle


    Every time I see this woman Marie Anttonite comes to mind.

    No. That would have been Mitt's Mrs. Michelle is an awsome First Lady. One heck of a good example of what makes a great Mom as well.

    March 12, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Susan

    Does this photo look like Vogue material?

    March 12, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. critical thinking

    Remember that President Barack Obama is considering Vogue editor Anna Wintour for the ambassadorship either to France or England. I wonder if that has anything to do with having Michelle Obama on the cover, TWICE.

    March 12, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. freedom

    Color shouldn't have anything to do with this. It's about the policies of our elected officials. If color is going to be a barometer for some, then it's a shame this is the first president "of color" because he has done everything in his power to incite race as a divider, instead of uniting the nation. He is not only wasting his position of power, but damaging the country. And as far as his wife – she said she hated this country until her husband succeeded with his manipulating agenda. That's not first lady material in my books.

    March 12, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    God Bless this classy First Lady! I love the fact that it drives the haters crazy to see her and her husband succeed!

    March 12, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Babyboomer
    Hear! Hear!
    Additionally, from the article, it appears that she is only the SECOND First Lady to grace their cover.
    Another well-deserved honor for our classy, extremely fit, trend-setting, intelligent, and compassionate FLOTUS.
    Could not be prouder.

    March 12, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Get Real

    Big Deal, Vogue magazine is actually relevant?

    March 12, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Former GOPer

    Keep hating on this beautiful woman; I'm sure she is laughing at you Republican knuckle draggers!

    March 12, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    it's a shame this is the first president "of color" because he has done everything in his power to incite race as a divider, instead of uniting the nation
    Good little soldier you are. They certainly are not paying you enough.
    Glad to see that you've given up on the Birther bs. You tried and tried for YEARS to make that one stick to no avail.
    The new line is the "divider-in-chief" crap. You've been test-driving it, and tweaking its' presentation to the general populace in fits and starts. You need to go back to the drawing board with this one because it is such blatant PROJECTION on your part. You're attempting to blame the President of the ONLY thing that you and your team have accomplished these past 5 years: separating the low-information, FOX watching, consumed with hate bottom feeders, troglodyctic unibrows from the rest of us.
    By the way the President is half-Black and half White. Don't you think it is time that you embraced YOUR half?

    March 12, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Babyboomer

    @freedom. I will inject race into whatever I damn well please whenever I feel it is appropriate. You haven't walked a mile in my shoes nor the President's nor Mrs. Obama's for that matter. I have every right to be proud of the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN FIRST FAMILY. What we should be ashamed of is that it took so long to elect a person of color to a high office in these United States. As for the President being divisive, you clearly don't know anything about living the double standard that people of color in this country live with everyday. It doesn't matter what he does because there are people out there like YOU who will never give him credit for doing ANYTHING right. So, everyday I hope and pray that he just keeps moving us forward in spite of his detractors. Again, YOU don't have to like anything I say but THANK GOD the FIRST Amendment gives me the right to say WHATEVER I DAMN WELL PLEASE... I am proud of both OUR President and OUR First Lady...

    March 12, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That's not first lady material in my books.
    But pill-popping and vehicular manslaughter is, no doubt.
    Shut up and sit down.

    March 12, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |