Now you all know I'm no great fan of Michelle Obama but this photo, under the caption "Leaders' wives...," made my heart hurt for her a bit.
Her personal shopper is doing her a great disservice - in an attempt to camouflage certain physical attributes, she ends up looking like the housekeeper.
It's something that any American woman with any exposure at all to fashion magazines will recognize. It seems like every issue has an article on how to be leggier, thinner, taller, less curvy, more curvy, bigger breasted, smaller breasted...all through the magic of certain clothing choices. For instance, because I'm petite and somewhat curvy, magazines have told me that I should never wear capri pants, lest I suffer the horror that is (gasp!) short legs. But being 5'0" tall and long past striving to go through life as an optical illusion, I pulled on a pair of capris just this morning. I mean, there comes a point where no matter how clever you think you are in your wardrobe selection, you're just not going to fool anyone.
Which brings me to our First Lady. Rocking some serious guns and completely devoid of cankles, it's clear the woman is not fat - she just has, as Sir Mix-a-Lot would say, "an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face." Not a bad thing, considering I've yet to encounter a man who would proclaim himself a fan of skinny asses.
So ditch the empire waists, the wide belts, and the frumpy hausfrau skirts, Michelle. Get yourself a good tailor, wear a pencil skirt with pride, and for heaven's sake, we all know you're tall...just put on a pair of heels already.
Update: I did a bit of research because I was curious about the other two ladies in the above photo. They are Carla Bruni, first lady of France and Letizia Ortiz, Princess of Asturias. I also learned that the photo is a fake. Michelle Obama, in fact, did wear that outfit while meeting with Letitia in Spain but the real event looked a little bit different...
I think my original point is still valid.