Michelle Obama will be one of Vogue magazine’s cover girls (again) shortly. Mrs. Obama is set to promote her healthy lifestyle and ‘get fit’ agenda in Vogue’s upcoming “Shape issue” in April. While the popular women’s magazine could have tapped almost any celebrity or celebrity trainer to cover their pages, they have once again turned to First Lady. It’s no wonder why those at the fashion publication would chose Obama given her mission to fight childhood obesity and promote healthy living.
An avid speaker against childhood obesity, the First Lady spoke to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2010 about the alarming statistics of childhood obesity. “Over the past year, I’ve been thinking, reading and speaking a lot about this issue, but the statistics never fail to take my breath away,” she said. “Right now, nearly one third of children in America are overweight or obese – one in three. And one third of all children today will eventually suffer from diabetes – in the African American and Latino communities, it goes up to almost half.”
Even though Vogue is doing a “Shape issue,” which deals with issues such as body image and how to encourage women and showcase beauty in the best light; with Anna Wintor at the helm, style still reigns supreme. On past covers, Mrs. Obama was donned in clothes from her go-to designer Jason Wu. If you recall, the First Lady selected a Wu design for her husband’s State of the Union address earlier this year. After President Obama’s historic win in 2008, Michelle wore a custom-designed Jason Wu dress that was a one-shoulder, floor-length white chiffon gown during the first term inaugural ball. Since then, Obama been one of the designer’s most loyal and high profile customers.
It has been rumored that famous photographer Annie Leibovitz will be shooting Mrs. Obama for the feature cover. USA Today reported that Leibovitz was spotted at the White House with camera equipment in tow, presumably to photograph Michelle for Vogue magazine. It’s unclear who the First Lady has tapped to be her designer for the upcoming Vogue cover. However, USA Today also cited the Daily Beast fashion writer Robin Givhan when speculating that Obama will be wearing Reed Krakoff on the Vogue cover. Krakoff was the same designer she wore during the 2012 inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Anna Wintor, the impeccably dressed legendary editor-in-chief of the magazine, has been a long-time supporter of the Obama family. Look for Mrs. Obama to grace the Vogue cover this coming April.