President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on October ‘Essence’ magazine. (Photo: Kwaku Alston, ‘Essence’)
Style editors are going to miss Michelle Obama when she’s gone — and two October magazine covers could be the proof: The first lady gleams on InStyle and on Essence, where she shares the spotlight with President Obama.
Plus, she gives a mighty boost to up-and-coming designer and Lady Gaga pal Brandon Maxwell, wearing one of his dresses for the Instyle cover and looking remarkably slender in it to boot.
The two Time Inc. titles produced lavish spreads and interviews inside the covers, suggesting that the Obama administration, while winding down, still has present and engaged leaders at the top.
The president talks about his legacy and what still needs doing. The first lady talks up one of her signature projects (girls’ education), her savvy use of social media and her approach to fashion. And she says she’s proud that a generation of black children have grown up seeing someone who looks like them in the White House.
InStyle said the October cover marks the first time the fashion chronicle has ever featured a first lady. It’s fitting given that Obama will be remembered fondly by the fashion industry for her flair and for supporting American designers.
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