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Michelle Obama gets honest about the double standards she faced when it came to her first lady style

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) wait for Chinese President Hu Jintao to arrive for a State dinner at the White House January 19, 2011 in Washington, DC
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) wait for Chinese President Hu Jintao to arrive for a State dinner at the White House January 19, 2011 in Washington, DC
Former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have both landed multi-million dollar book deals. Photo: Mike Theiler/Reuters
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U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America, in Regent's Park, on May 25, 2011 in London, England
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) welcome Chinese President Hu Jintao for a State dinner at the White House January 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama and Hu met in the Oval Office earlier in the day. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

September 2015: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama wait on the North Portico for the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan ahead of a state dinner at the White House.
September 2015: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama wait on the North Portico for the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan ahead of a state dinner at the White House.

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'."

May 2011: (L-R) U.S. President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America, in Regent's Park.
May 2011: (L-R) U.S. President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America, in Regent's Park.

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.

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) wait for the arrival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer on the North Portico before a state dinner at the White House June 7, 2011 in Washington, DC
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) wait for the arrival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer on the North Portico before a state dinner at the White House June 7, 2011 in Washington, DC
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