Finally, it's confirmed: Michelle Obama is Vogue's March cover lady, only the second First Lady to grace the cover, after Hillary Clinton. The cover and images from the spread haven't leaked, but Michelle wears Jason Wu on the cover. The Washington Post reports:
In the cover photo, taken by Annie Leibovitz, Obama is leaning on a soft beige sofa at the Hay Adams Hotel, where the first family stayed days before the historic inauguration. Obama is wearing a magenta dress by designer Jason Wu, who designed her inaugural ball gown. Her hand rests under her chin. Her left hand folded beneath her. She is wearing a diamond that you do not often see her wearing in recent appearances.
Behind her, light streams in between curtains. It is the pose of the odalisque.
So he designed her inaugural gown and her Vogue cover gown. The man is on fire. Inside the magazine, Michelle wears a black dress by Narciso Rodriguez, who designed her controversial red-and-black Election Night dress. In that shot, she holds a phone up to her ear and appears to be on hold or listening, but not talking.
And there are those things, all too easily glossed over in fashion magazines, called words to go with the photographs. André Leon Talley penned the article about Michelle, who discusses, among other things, the challenges she faces as a mother in the White House. The Washington Post's DeNeen L. Brown notes the cover's cultural significance:
Even if you take race off the table, there is an awe of how this new administration can bring energy to the conversation around how beauty can intersect with power. And how power can be beauty. And how a black woman from the South Side of Chicago and with curves can become a symbol of beauty.
Amen. And we thought Fashion Week was the most exciting part of this week. This is all too much.