Michelle Obama gets honest about the double standards she faced when it came to her first lady style
Michelle Obama has opened up about the double standards she experienced when she was FLOTUS.
The 53-year-old, who has been married to former US President Barack Obama for 25 years, said she was subjected to more style scrutiny than her husband, who she says wore the same tuxedo for eight years and no one ever noticed.
Speaking at the Apple developer conference this week, she told Lisa Jackson: "This is the unfair thing. You talk about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, no matter what we do, he puts on that same tux. Now, people take pictures of the shoes I wear, the bracelets, the necklace ― They didn't comment that for eight years he wore that same tux..., same shoes."
"He was proud of it too, he was like, 'Mmm! I'm ready. I'm ready in ten minutes, how long did it take you?'"
Despite the fact that she was frustrated with the difference in their representation, she took pride in her husband's appearance, explaining the reason behind that now-famous video of her tweaking his bow tie before they greeted Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan.
"When the president from the visiting country and their spouse is coming we greet them at the north portico," she said. "We were standing there waiting for the cars to roll in, and I was bored, so I sort of thought, 'Let me make sure my husband looks good'."
From Obama's early days on the campaign trail, the first lady's style was scrutinised and later was used as a tool of diplomacy: she would often wear a designer from the dress of a visiting leader and her high-end to high street combinations earned her praise.
She appeared on the cover of US Vogue three times during the Obamas' eight years in the White House and developed a friendship with the magazine's editor-in-chief over the years.