As rumored, Michelle Obama, new bangs and all, was shot by Annie Leibovitz for the cover of the fashion bible’s April issue wearing a blue shift by Reed Krakoff. In the accompanying cover story, the First Lady is also photographed wearing a Michael Kors sweater and ball skirt. But the bigger surprise is that Barack Obama is also part of the editorial–and a major part of the story.
Everyone knows where Wintour’s political allegiances lie, so it makes sense that the story, written by Jonathan Van Meter, would be a glowing portrait of the President and First Lady. But it’s effective. We dare you to read it (and you should) and not fall even more in love with the first couple.
The focus of the article is family–not, as Van Meter puts it, the “First Family,” but as a “family, first.” There are lots of great quotes from the President and the First Lady about their thoughts on parenting, their relationship, and how their emphasis on family shapes the way the President governs and the way Michelle Obama promotes certain issues like fitness and nutrition. “Look, they’re all our kids! They’re all our families,” President Obama says.
Despite the fact that this is a story in Vogue, and the First Lady is known for her fashion, Van Meter only gets around to it towards the end. But it’s worth the wait.
Following a discussion of how both the First Lady and the President are “what you see is what you get” people–thanks to the fact that they “zip-lined” into the spotlight out of anonymity as fully realized grown ups with kids, and, as a result, haven’t changed much–there’s this:
“Now, in fairness,” says the President, “there is one thing that’s changed.” The First Lady looks at him. “What’s that?”
“Which is, I used to only have, like, two suits,” he says.
Now you must have dozens, I say.
“Thank God,” she says. “Now, let me tell you: This is the man who still boasts about, ‘This khaki pair of pants I’ve had since I was 20.’” The President throws his head back, laughing. “And I’m like, ‘You don’t want to brag about that.’ ” Jay Carney and the young staffers from the White House press office, who are all sitting on a sofa on the other side of the room, crack up.
“Michelle’s like Beyoncé in that song,” says the President. “ ‘Let me upgrade ya!’ She upgraded me.”
“The girls and I are always rooting when he wears, like, a stripe. They’re like, ‘Dad! Oh, you look so handsome. Oh, stripes! You go!’”
And for all the attention Michelle Obama gets for her fashion choices, she only has this to say about it:
“I always say that women should wear whatever makes them feel good about themselves. That’s what I always try to do. . . . I also believe that if you’re comfortable in your clothes it’s easy to connect with people and make them feel comfortable as well. In every interaction that I have with people, I always want to show them my most authentic self.”
Pretty good advice right?
Read the full story on Vogue.com.
Photos: Annie Leibovitz/VOGUE