Michelle Obama to Grace Cover of Vogue
The tall and athletic first lady in waiting is known for her iconic style, which so far has emphasized kitten heels (Michelle Obama is quite tall at 5'11"), brooches, cardigans and sharp dresses and suits.
Mrs. Obama can easily transition from glamorous designer dresses to practical casual wear, and she has been a beacon of style for American women with her relatively affordable fashion choices. Vogue has confirmed that they are indeed interested in featuring her:
“Starting with Eleanor Roosevelt, it’s been a long-standing tradition to photograph the new first lady. So needless to say, we are very interested in working with Mrs. Obama. Precisely how is still being discussed,” said a Vogue spokesman.
Despite the magazine's long standing history with photographing the new First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton is the only one to date who has actually made the cover of Vogue. She appeared on the front of the December 1998 issue. But not since Jackie O has a first lady gotten so much attention and praise for her trend-setting appearance as Michelle Obama.
Vogue has been campaigning for a Michelle Obama cover since last September — both in print and in person. Editor in chief Anna Wintour and contributing editor André Leon Talley hosted several fund-raisers for the Obamas last summer, rallying the fashion community’s support for the Illinois senator. The magazine profiled Michelle Obama in its September issue and featured her as an “It” girl in the April one. Obama campaign adviser Valerie Jarrett was profiled in October. Vogue even spread its affections to the Democratic vice presidential candidate — the magazine photographed in November four generations of Biden women, including Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s wife, Jill.
It would seem that the matter is completely up to Michelle Obama, but Ebony Magazine is reportedly also running a special January issue celebrating the Obamas:
The issue will be a reflection of Ebony’s coverage of the campaign and the First Family over the past 18 months, but the magazine is extending the close on the issue in hopes of getting a last-minute interview with the President-elect and his family before closing.