History in the making has a Vogue cover too! For the March 2009 issue of Vogue US, there’s a gorgeous black cover: The First Lady!
Wrote by André Leon Talley, Michelle Obama’s interview accompany a pictorial signed by Annie Leibovitz, fashion editor Tonne Goodman, sittings editor Alexandra Kotur, hair Johnny Wright and makeup Ingrid Grimes-Myles.
The photos look alive, real, tangible in spite of the stage manufacturing behind every pose.
Those signature Leibovitz-ish lights are unmistakable and the colorful setting adds that joy-factor politics tends to waive from anything.
(don’t miss the rest of the pictures from this soon-historical Vogue issue after the jump!)
The interviewer admits having been a volunteer in the campaign and looks up to the First Lady in complete admiration, giving us a moving story about a woman, about a character, mother and wife but above all, the First Black Lady!
“…what’s special about Michelle—she maintains a normal life in an extraordinary time.[…]
Michelle Obama’s intention is to open up the White House again in a spirit of diversity and inclusion.[…]
“We learned in our household that there was nothing you couldn’t talk about and that you found humor in even some of the toughest times. I want to bring that spirit of warmth, openness, and stability to my task.”[…]
“We want entertaining in the White House to feel like America, that we are reminded of all the many facets of our culture.[…]
If the great expectations weigh heavily on Michelle Obama’s shoulders, it doesn’t show; this is her enigma, this is her grace.[…]”
I could’ve easily quote the entire interview in this article, that’s how mesmerized I was reading the lines but I restrained myself and gave you some of the phrases I felt most relevant. You can read the entire article (like it was summarize for the internet version) here.