Michelle Obama wowed the crowd in more ways than one at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday evening: For driving home the point that Barack Obama may be the President but he’s just like you and me and of course, that she’s got a killer fashion game!
Mrs. Obama graced the stage in a custom-made sleeveless dress by Tracy Reese. She complimented the gorgeous printed dress, with $245 J. Crew heels in “rhubarb.”
Tracey Reese, one of the handful of African American designers showing at New York Fashion week had dressed the first lady before but said she felt “proud” she was the chosen designer for the momentous event.
“I was moved to tears by Mrs. Obama’s amazing speech. I knew she was speaking from her heart and she touched mine,” Ms. Reese tells Speakeasy exclusively. “As always I couldn’t be more proud to have the opportunity to dress her.”
On to her speech, Mrs. Obama told the crowd,
You see, even though back then Barack was a Senator and a presidential candidate…to me, he was still the guy who’d picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually see the pavement going by through a hole in the passenger side door…he was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he’d found in a dumpster, and whose only pair of decent shoes was half a size too small. But when Barack started telling me about his family – that’s when I knew I had found a kindred spirit, someone whose values and upbringing were so much like mine.
You see, Barack and I were both raised by families who didn’t have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable – their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves.
It was a win-win all-around. Watch Michelle Obama’s speech in parts below.
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