First Lady Michelle Obama’s fashion shoot at the White House Fashion Editor: Mary Alice Stephenson.
Quite naturally anyone who supports the creative industry and the arts has my attention…I love the first family!
Young talent finds its voice. Chelsea Harrison, Anitra McKinney, Roy Patten Jr., Jumohny Shardenea Walker, and Kenneth L. Washington Jr. of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Andrew W. Jenkins, Arthur A. McKeithen, Jasmine C. Parnell, Geoffrey Phillips, and Kayla Waters of the Howard University Choir. Mrs. Obama’s clothing and accessories throughout, her own. From left: Dress, $4,115, Missoni. 212-517-9339. Dress, $168, White House Black Market. 877-948-2525. Dress, $640, Just Cavalli. 212-888-4333. All other women’s clothing, their own.
“When Paul McCartney was here singing, First Lady Michelle Obama, I was like, ‘I’m done, I can go home now,” First Lady Obama says in the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar, where she dons a raspberry L’Wren Scott sheath and bright blue kitten heels to talk about a new generation of performers.
The first lady—who was photographed for the magazine with a group of young artists in East Room, Red Room and the South Portico of the White House—says the “the beauty of arts and culture, music and dance” is that they have “a universal voice.”
“When I travel to other countries, usually the first thing the spouses do is introduce you to their cultures through music and dance,” she said.
As for her own performing history, First Lady Obama, who has made the arts a priority at the White House, recalled appearing in “Hansel and Gretel” as a young girl and “having to sing a solo, which was humiliating.”
First Lady Obama told the magazine that she came from a family that loved the arts. “My maternal grandfather, we called him South Side, was a big jazz-music collector. He would play jazz 24 hours a day. . .He had speakers in every room in his house—including the bathroom,” she said.
First Lady Obama’s father, Fraser Robinson III, was also an artist.
“He sculpted and painted and spent time at the Art Institute of Chicago,” First Lady said. “Before he got really sick and had to work and raise us, he probably, if he had his choice, would have been an artist.”