Michelle Obama. Covering Vogue US’ April 2013 issue! An event in itself, without being fashion-related or style-imposed. It’s a fact. A reality. Thankfully!
I was really surprised to see, though, that it wasn’t a well-received cover. That the fash-population is judgmental. Everything pledges against The First Lady, should she stand on fashion-trial: the style jury is looking away in a profound and unanimous yawn. I’m flabbergasted. Appalled. And, finally, resigned. It’s a mom-thing! Do you know that one of the reasons why this cover look was deemed unworthy of fashion praise was Michelle Obama’s mom hair?
This, I’m afraid, is why I’ll always be a half-fashionista only. I like to stitch my style musings&ideas together with the reality’s red string. Sewing on the canvas of the actual present world I’m living in. I am a child of the world, I live amongst my peers and in my time. I would not have any other way and no fashion bubble will ever be pink enough or glittery enough to contain my enthusiasm for the present world.
As such, I believe that Annie Leibovitz photo-session with Michelle Obama and Barack Obama is a reality portrait session, a fashion adaptation of a reality segment (what did they expect Michelle to do? A Gaga-episode? Bring in Terry Richardson for the pictorial?). This is a way of saying: ‘hey! fashpeople, stop for a second to be proud and real!’ This is the world we’re living in! This is what we chose and fought for, this is what we believe in. This! This, is the First Lady! Proud, straight, straightforward and downright amazing! This, fashpeople, is your connection with the reality! And oh, what a wonderful reality it is!
For so many years people have struggled hard for THIS! For so many decades brothers fought against brothers so we could finally have THIS! For so many centuries there was darkness. And now there’s THIS! For so many nights there were tears but we have THIS! THIS is real! It’s where we are. It’s our world. There’s lots to be done, but so much has been already accomplished!
I can’t look at this cover exclusively from a fashion perspective. I can’t think of Michelle Obama as a clothes hanger and nothing more. I’m sorry if you can’t as well. I’m sorry because you’re missing out on so much! I will now enjoy and rejoice with my peers. Because we live today. And we love today. Don’t we?