fashion focus

I read this article on Everyday Sociology today about Michelle Obama. It discussed how much focus is placed on her fashion choices, as opposed to relevant issues. She was criticized for wearing a sleeveless dress to her husband’s inauguration, that it wasn’t designed by an African American, or manufactured by an African American. Really? Who cares?

The attention isn’t all bad though. She wore a dress from White House/Black Market on the View, and it sold out by the next day. Trainers are getting requests to achieve “Michelle’s arms” after her incredibly toned arms were shown off in the previously mentioned sleeveless gown.

Aren’t there more important issues though? For example:

This is a woman who graduated cum laude from Princeton with a degree is in Sociology! Michelle Obama is also a graduate of the prestigious Harvard Law School. She served as adviser to her husband, our new President, when he joined her at the law firm of Sidley & Austin. She gave up corporate law for public service, working for Chicago Mayor Daley and then in the city office of planning and development. She was founding Executive Director for an AmeriCorps national service program. Later, Mrs. Obama served as Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago. In 2005 she became Vice President for Community and External Affairs at University of Chicago Hospitals.

With such impressive accomplishments, you would think that people wouldn’t just be focused on her outfits, hairstyle, or muscle tone.


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