The First Lady's Last Dinner

Michelle Obama has been known for many things over the past 8 years.  She's advocated health in elementary schools and fought childhood obesity, launched many programs to aid parents in ensuring their children get a healthy and balanced diet, installed tennis courts nationwide to help kids be more active, helped lower the cost of fruit and vegetables at markets, and helped create job opportunities for veterans.  Perhaps most notably, she and her husband created Let Girls Learn, an initiative that encourages girls to go to school and stay in school globally.  She's been the ultimate nurturer, putting our children first for hopes of a better future.  However, google Michelle Obama this week and the first thing that comes up is VERSACE.

While Michelle has done much more than dress well over the past 8 years, let's not rule out how often she has slayed on red carpets, at government dinners, and basically everywhere she goes on a regular basis.  I'll admit, when Michelle was first talked about as the Best Dressed First Lady back in 2009/2010, I was a little skeptical.  After all, who can beat Jackie O when it comes to style?  However, I've come to see that Michelle has so much more than style: she has a daring, playful, fun sense of fashion that crosses a line First Ladies are NEVER supposed to cross.

As a rule, being a First Lady means wearing pantsuits.  It means being Carolina Herrera and Ralph Lauren's #1 customer.  It means being conservative, ladylike, and proper.  But WHY?  Why, because your husband is the President of the United States, does that mean you have to sacrifice your sense of style, of sexuality, of fashionable spontaneity and creativity?  This is something Michelle Obama has never done, and something I respect her for, which is why it was the ultimate going out with a bang moment when she donned $12,000 Atelier Versace gown to the Obamas' final state dinner with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and wife.

Michelle dropped jaws in this chainmail couture piece by Donatella.  Why is this a historical moment?  Ever since the origination of the brand in the 1980s by Gianni, Versace has been notorious for being the brand that is all about sex appeal.  With Versace, nothing is left to the imagination.  The woman is a sexual being and she embraces her power; it's meant to exalt women and make them feel beautiful.  However, Versace is not what you wear when you're trying to be the conservative First Lady.  Thank you Michelle, for this final gift to America: being the first First Lady with the balls to wear Versace and embrace your feminine self.  You GO!

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