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Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is the wife of the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States.

Michelle Robinson was born and grew up on the South Side of Chicago and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. After completing her formal education, she returned to Chicago and accepted a position with the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center. Throughout 2007 and 2008, she helped campaign for her husband's presidential bid and delivered a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She is the mother of two daughters, Sasha and Malia, and is the sister of Craig Robinson, men's basketball coach at Oregon State University.

Style and fashion sense

With the ascent of her husband as a prominent national politician, Michelle Obama, like all other first ladies, has become a part of popular culture. In May 2006, Essence magazine listed her among "25 of the World's Most Inspiring Women." In July 2007, Vanity Fair magazine listed her among "10 of the World's Best Dressed People." She was an honorary guest at Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball as an "young'un" paying tribute to the 'Legends,' which helped pave the way for African American Women. In September 2007, 02138 magazine listed her 58th of 'The Harvard 100'; a list of the prior year's most influential Harvard alumni. Her husband was ranked fourth. In July 2008, she made a repeat appearance on the Vanity Fair international best dressed list. She also appeared on the 2008 People list of best-dressed women and was praised by the magazine for her "classic and confident" look.

As a high-profile darker-complected woman in a stable marriage, it is anticipated that she will be a positive role model who will influence the view the world has of African-Americans. Her fashion choices were part of Fashion week, but Obama's influence in the field has not impacted the paucity of African-American models who participate, as some thought it might. However, fitness trainers are noting that many women now aspire to have biceps and triceps like Obama.

She has been compared to Jacqueline Kennedy due to her sleek but not overdone style, and also to Barbara Bush for her discipline and decorum. Her white, one-shoulder Jason Wu 2009 inaugural gown was said to be "an unlikely combination of Nancy Reagan and Jackie Kennedy". Obama's style is described as populist. She often wears clothes by designers Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Isabel Toledo, Narciso Rodriguez, Donna Ricco and Maria Pinto, and has become a fashion trendsetter, despite the country's economic woes.

She appeared on the cover and in a photo spread in the March 2009 issue of Vogue. Every First Lady since Lou Hoover (except Bess Truman) has been in Vogue, but only Hillary Clinton had previously appeared on the cover.

A desire has arisen among some that the media should focus more on the first lady's serious contributions rather than her fashion sense. She has stated that she would like to focus attention as First Lady on issues of concern to military families and working families. However, U.S.News & World Report blogger, PBS host and Scripps Howard columnist Bonnie Erbe has pointed out that her own publicists seem to be feeding the emphasis on style over substance. Erbe has noted on several occasions that she is miscasting herself by overemphasizing style.

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review by . April 27, 2009
Michelle Obama, meeting the Queen
Ever since I wrote an detailed critique of Michelle Obama's inaugural outfit, I've just been itching to comment on some of her recent outfits in recent weeks. The narrative she creates of herself through her clothes is a woman who's both conservative and contemporary. She's extremely fashion savvy, but uses her knowledge with restraint. Below, I do a play-by-play of some of her ensembles. You can reference the pics at the right as we go along.     Occasion: Meeting Queen Elizabeth …
Quick Tip by . December 07, 2009
knowing her designers doesn't mean she knows how to "put it together". And comparing her to Jackie O is a fashion faux pas.
review by . March 13, 2009
Michelle Obama
      Upon searching the net for celebrity gossip and info (yes, its my guilty pleasure) I ran across this photo of First Lady Michelle Obama rocking a purple bow tie.  Yes, I know its not an official  bow tie since it seems to be connected to her shirt, but it's still a bow tie. Anywho here she is entering the East Room of the White House where she witnessed President Obama sign an Executive Order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls.    I …
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2009
Why is the media so concerned about her shorts. Its not like she was wearing a pair of daisy dukes with go go boots!
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