Glamour Magazine Snubs Michelle Obama in Favor of Anne Hathaway

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The winner. Photo: Courtesy of Glamour

Glamour magazine selected its top 50 most glamorous women of the year for the June issue, based on a panel of judges and online reader polls. Of course, we're barely halfway through the year and a yearlong retrospective seems a bit presumptuous. But it's the winner's circle that leaves us perplexed. Kates flank both ends — Winslet tops the list at No. 1, while supermodel Moss comes in dead last. With Moss's Topshop opening, Met-gala hosting duties, and anticipated forthcoming biography, we're surprised to see her so far down on the list compared to people like Rachel Weisz (No. 44) and Megan Fox (No. 40). But that's not the worst of it.

Sandwiched in the middle is France's First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, at No. 34. She barely beat Taylor Swift (No. 35), but Bruni's rotating wardrobe of Chanel and Christian Dior is apparently not glamorous enough to edge out Jennifer Lopez (No. 33). But that's not even the biggest upset. Anne Hathaway beat Michelle Obama. Hathaway, touted on the list because "she bounced back from a breakup by looking fabulous everywhere," came in the No. 2 slot, while Michelle Obama finished in third place. The First Lady of the United States of America, who is reinvigorating fashion during a recession with her sleeveless dresses, blazing guns, Michael Kors dresses, J.Crew cardigans, pointy flats, and that omnipresent Azzedine Alaïa belt, is second to someone who can rebound well. Somehow that just doesn't seem justifiable or glamorous at all.

The 50 Most Glamorous Women of 2009 [Glamour]