Michelle Obama

BBD_Cover_January_Michelle LaVaughn Robinson-Obama was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1964. Her father Frasher Robinson,III  was a city water plant employee. Her mother Marian Shields Robinson was a full time homemaker until Michelle entered high school became a secretary at Spiegels catalog store. She is one of two, with a brother named Craig Robinson.

In 1981 she graduated from Whitney M. Young Manget High School and continued her education at Princeton University and finished at Harvard Law School in 1988.

After graduating from Harvard, she was an associate at the Chicago office of the law firm Sidley & Austin, where she first met her Barack. At the firm, she worked on marketing and intellectual property. She continues to hold her law license, but as she no longer needs it for her work, it has been on a voluntary inactive status since 1993.

She married President Barack Obama in October of 1992 and have two daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha (aka Sasha).

In 1991, she held public sector positions in the Chicago city government as an Assistant to the Mayor, and as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. In 1993, she became Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a non-profit organization encouraging young people to work on social issues in nonprofit groups and government agencies.

In 1996, Obama served as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, where she developed the University’s Community Service Center. In 2002, she began working for the University of Chicago Hospitals, first as executive director for community affairs and, beginning May 2005, as Vice President for Community and External Affairs. She continued to hold the University of Chicago Hospitals position during the primary campaign, but cut back to part-time in order to spend time with her daughters as well as work for her husband’s election; she subsequently took a leave of absence from her job. Obama reflected that she had never been happier in her life prior to working “to build Public Allies”.

With the ascent of her husband as a prominent national politician, Obama has become a part of popular culture. In May 2006, Essence listed her among “25 of the World’s Most Inspiring Women.” In July 2007, Vanity Fair listed her among “10 of the World’s Best Dressed People.” She was an honorary guest at Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball as a “young’un” paying tribute to the ‘Legends,’ who helped pave the way for African American women. In September 2007, 02138 magazine listed her 58th of ‘The Harvard 100’; a list of the prior year’s most influential Harvard alumni. Her husband was ranked fourth.  In July 2008, she made a repeat appearance on the Vanity Fair international best dressed list.  She also appeared on the 2008 People list of best-dressed women and was praised by the magazine for her “classic and confident” look.

Her Style & Grace

Michelle Obama set the world on fire with her style and grace” – Nuru Witherspoon

In 2010, she wore clothes, many high end, from more than 50 design companies with less expensive pieces from J.Crew and Target, and the same year a study found that her patronage was worth an average of $14 million to a company.] She became a fashion trendsetter, in particular favoring sleeveless dresses, including her first-term official portrait in a dress by Michael Kors, and her ball gowns designed by Jason Wu for both inaugurals.

Obama appeared on the cover and in a photo spread in the March 2009 issue of Vogue. Every First Lady since Lou Hoover (except Bess Truman) has been in Vogue,  but only Hillary Clinton had previously appeared on the cover. Obama later appeared two more times on the cover of Vogue, while First Lady, the last time in December 2016, with photographs by Annie Leibovitz. In August 2011, she became the first woman ever to appear on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and the first person in 48 years.During the 2013 Academy Awards, she became the first First Lady to announce the winner of an Oscar (Best Picture which went to Argo).

She continues to inspire the legal community, fashion world, and instilled pride and kinship among countless black women.

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