Michelle Obama Is The Fourth Black Woman To Grace Vogue’s Cover

It’s official: Michelle Obama is a Vogue cover girl. The March 2009 issue, which will hit newsstands next week, features the first lady on its cover wearing a Jason Wu dress (the same designer who created her inauguration night gown). Inside the magazine, Obama is pictured at the Hay-Adams hotel in Washington, D.C., wearing a Narciso Rodriguez dress and a J.Crew ensemble. While a number of first ladies have been featured in the so-called fashion Bible, starting with Lou Hoover in 1929, Hillary Clinton is the only other one to make the cover, in 1998. But perhaps what’s more exciting than Obama being the second first lady to be on the cover of Vogue is that she is the fourth black woman to be featured on the cover in the magazine’s history.The only other African-American women to grace the cover since the magazine was founded in 1892 are Oprah in 1998, Halle Berry in 2002, and Jennifer Hudson in 2007. It’s wonderful to have such a smart, beautiful woman in the spotlight, and I actually agree with a magazine cover line for once; Michelle Obama is “The first lady the world’s been waiting for.”

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