Mrs. Michelle Obama: Right to Bare Arms

ESSENCE.Com explores the controversy. Mrs. Michelle Obama, as the First Lady, has caused quite a stir on Capitol Hill with her tendency to wear sleeveless dresses and tops, like this number from Michael Kors. Some of her wardrobe choices have already been deemed inappropriate for her role as an official White House official.

Mrs. Michelle Obama: Right to Bare Arms


Green Dominates the Stage.

Some insiders have complained that Lady First’s fashion choices are inappropriate and too casual. However, during the tribute to Stevie Wonder at the White House in February, she opted for a jubilant and youthful look, wearing an emerald green dress. Lady First in this Stevie Milla Kai might look.

Taylor asserts, “If you possess it, you ought to bring it,” in support of the wardrobe selections made by Mikki Taylor, ESSENCE Beauty and Cover Director. “It’s a fresh era and outdated things have faded away.”

Mrs. Michelle Obama: Right to Bare Arms


Flower Power.

Maria Pinto accompanies her husband to the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards, where she is seen wearing a halter floral dress. The First Lady is not afraid to show off her well-toned arms.

Mrs. Michelle Obama: Right to Bare Arms


Covered, no problem.

The first lady of America, featured on the March 2009 cover of Vogue, looks stunning in a fuschia dress by Jason Wu, which beautifully highlights her athletic arms.

Mrs. Obama is no stranger to steering clear of severe critiques. In reality, she currently seems unfazed by the vast majority of adverse commentary.

[Barack].” With him not being here, I would have never gone to Harvard and would have never finished at Princeton. Every time someone characterized me, they misrepresented my life, and every time someone characterized me, they misrepresented my life. This September, ESSENCE reminded me of this situation.

Mrs. Michelle Obama: Right to Bare Arms


Premium Class Elegance.

Here, the First Lady is stunning yet elegant in a vintage-inspired empire waist gown.

“Michelle Obama embodies a resilient physique and a determined intellect. She fills us with pride!” Asserts Taylor.

Mrs. Michelle Obama: Right to Bare Arms


Beautiful in Plum.

Inquired the appalled reader, “Not a social gathering? Does the woman not comprehend that these significant and meaningful public speaking occasions hold great importance?” A displeased reader of the Chicago Tribune was not captivated. The First Lady dons a deep purple Narciso Rodriguez gown for the President’s Congressional address in February.

ESSENCE’s Mikki Taylor keeps matters in perspective. “[Society] likes to see women in conservative suits. That was never our sensibility,” says Taylor.

Mrs. Michelle Obama: Right to Bare Arms


Grace & Glam.Output: Elegance & Glamour.

The appropriateness of showcasing so much skin at a ceremonial event in February is still a topic of divided opinion. However, Lady First dazzles in a strapless crystal-embellished gown at the Governor’s Ball, as stated by Peter Soronen.

Mrs. Michelle Obama: Right to Bare Arms



Following the broadcast of the show, the dress quickly became unavailable. The participation of Mrs. Obama as a cohost on “The View” during the previous summer, donning this $148 dress from White House/Black Market, turned into a sensation in the retail industry.

Mrs. Michelle Obama: Right to Bare Arms


Shiny & Beautiful.

As per People, the First Lady and Mr. Obama rise at 5:30a.M. And work out in their personal gym together almost every day. Mrs. Obama dons a delicate pink Tracy Reese dress on the front page of People magazine.

Mrs. Michelle Obama: Right to Bare Arms


White on Schedule.

On the night of the inauguration, Mrs. Obama stole the show in a beautiful ivory Jason Wu dress with one shoulder. Choosing a dress from a relatively new designer, she surprised a lot of people. Jacqueline Kennedy, known for setting trends, often brings to mind memories of another fashionable First Lady. Whether she decides to dress more modestly or not, Mrs. Obama will definitely continue to attract attention.

Mrs. Michelle Obama: Right to Bare Arms


Purple Reigns.

Wearing this cinched violet Maria Pinto shift, Mrs. Obama, pictured here with her husband, caused the “fist bump heard around the world”.

Mrs. Michelle Obama: Right to Bare Arms


Casual Chic.

While assisting her husband on the campaign trail, Mrs. Obama appears attentive, dressed in khaki trousers, a white V-neck blouse, and a necklace adorned with two rows of beads. She is also a lawyer who received her education from an Ivy League institution.

“[Mrs. Obama] is not Betty Ford or even Jacqueline Kennedy. She is Michelle Obama and she sets Michelle Obama standards,” says Taylor.