US First Lady Michelle Obama has long been hailed for her style. But the announcement by Vogue that she will feature on the cover of the magazine's March issue makes it official: Michelle Obama is now also America's first lady of fashion.
The American fashion bible said it dispatched celebrity photographer Annie Liebowitz to snap the first lady at the Hay Adams Hotel, where the Obama family stayed prior to the inauguration. The cover photo features Obama leaning on a beige sofa wearing a magenta sheath designed by Jason Wu, the young designer who also created the dress she wore for the inaugural balls.
"It's a wonderful achievement for Vogue," editor Andre Leon Talley, said in a press release Tuesday. Obama's cover portrait, said Talley "absolutely reflects who she is without any questions. There's such a warmth that she emanates. It's the warmest cover you've seen in a long time on Vogue. Models pose, actresses pose. This is a real woman".
Inside the magazine, Obama appears in an eight-page spread that included clothes from her own wardrobe, including a black Narciso Rodriguez dress and a J. Crew cardigan, top and skirt ensemble. Photos of her with President Barack Obama from inauguration ceremonies are also featured.