As we say goodbye to the Obamas, I want to take a moment to look back over the years with our First Lady, Michelle Obama. Not only for her sense of style, but for her intelligence, poise, grace and strength. We love and appreciate you, Michelle. Thank you for your service to our great country.
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama – Mother, wife, proud American, Harvard and Princeton Alumni, lawyer, writer, former First Lady of the United States, human rights activist, positive role model, an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity, healthy eating and now, a style icon.
1. She’s a team player with her husband Who could forget the fist bump Michelle and Barack shared after his election win. <3 Michelle was President Obama’s mentor when they met in 1988. He was a summer associate at law firm Sidley Austin. Michelle was assigned to be his summer adviser. The rest they say, is history. I imagine these two are one solid team that just can’t be broken.
2. She speaks out In May 2014, Obama joined the campaign to bring back school girls who had been kidnapped in Nigeria. The First Lady tweeted a picture of herself holding a poster with the #bringbackourgirls campaign hashtag.
3. She’s an advocate for Girls and she launched International Day of the Girl and Let Girls Learn. In March 2015, the President and First Lady launched Let Girls Learn, which brings together the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), as well the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to address the range of challenges preventing adolescent girls from attaining a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential.
4. She wore her own dress on the cover of Vogue. Michelle insists on being the steward of her own brand image.
5. She got social with us on Instagram and Vine and created a meme that went viral while making eating healthy cool.
Watch the Michelle Obama Vine
6. Oh, and then there was that time she did Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.
7. She might be the First Lady, but she still makes time for her BFFs
8. She’s not afraid to challenge authority or talk about race issues.
Michelle wrote her senior thesis on her experiences as an African-American within the university’s community. She wrote, “Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second.”
9. She inspired us to embrace and to love and honor our bodies
“I began to prioritize exercise because I realized that my happiness is tied to how I feel about myself. I want my girls to see a mother who takes care of herself.” -FLOTUS
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say she’s probably 75% responsible for more women getting healthy and ripped than ever before. Amiright?? And she loves her body and her arms. She told Barbara Walters, “I will never get sick of people talking about my toned arms.”
10. She’s not a label snob. Sure, she wears couture, but she’s not afraid to wear dresses that the average American woman can afford. Like this pretty number she wore on The View from White House Black Market. She’s been spotted in J Crew, Anthropologie and Tracy Reese dresses a lot.
She has impeccable style and taste. She showed us how to dress right for our personal style. And she LOVES supporting American Fashion Designers.
In closing, I will leave you with a very important snippet from Michelle’s speech in Manchester New Hampshire from October 2016.
“..At the White House, we celebrated the International Day of the Girl and Let Girls Learn, and it was a wonderful celebration. It was the last event that I’m going to be doing as First Lady for Let Girls Learn. And I had the pleasure of spending hours talking to some of the most amazing young women you will ever meet, young girls here in the U.S. and all around the world. And we talked about their hopes and their dreams. We talked about their aspirations. See, because many of these girls have faced unthinkable obstacles just to attend school, jeopardizing their personal safety, their freedom, risking the rejection of their families and communities.
So I thought it would be important to remind these young women how valuable and precious they are. I wanted them to understand that the measure of any society is how it treats its women and girls. And I told them that they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and I told them that they should disregard anyone who demeans or devalues them, and that they should make their voices heard in the world.” – Michelle Obama
Look for @MichelleObama on Twitter and follow her on Facebook at Facebook.com/MichelleObama — Please note: all social accounts linked to the White House are currently silent and will be reactivated starting after January 20th. You can also keep up with her on Instagram @MichelleObama44 and MichelleObama on Snapchat.