Last night Rod 2.0 reported First Lady Michelle Obama would grace the March cover of Vogue, becoming only the second first lady in history to do so. The embargo has been lifted and here is your first look at the cover.
The cover was photographed in January by Annie Leibovitz at the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington. The magenta silk dress is by inaugural gown designer Jason Wu. In the two interior portraits, the First Lady wears a curve-fitting Narciso Rodriguez dress and a J.Crew salmon wool cardigan and tweed skirt.
"I love clothes," Obama says in the profile, written by Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley and chock-full of Talley's typical and insuffrerable name dropping and fabulousity. "I first met Mrs. Obama at an impromptu dinner at Oprah Winfrey's house in Santa Barbara, California, on the eve of the divine Ms. O's Legends Ball in 2005. I was seated between the then Senator Barack Obama's wife and Tina Turner. ..." Skip past Talley's self-indulgence and the article is a fascinating read.
With the exception of Bess Truman, Vogue has photographed every first lady dating to Lou Hoover in 1929. This is only the second time in Vogue's 117-year history that a first lady has made the cover. (Hillary Clinton was first in December 1998.) Michelle Obama is also one of the very few black women to cover Vogue. Congratulations to First Lady Michelle Obama for becoming the new muse of American fashion.