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Vogue Previews Its Michelle
Obama Issue Online

03v For those of you who have a lingering post-inaugural fascination with all things Obama, Vogue has a preview of its long rumored and highly anticipated cover story on First Lady Michelle Obama at It's an edited version, so you'll probably have to lay out the cash at the newsstand for the full experience, but in the meantime, it's always amusing to read André Leon Talley's adoring musings on almost anything.

Mrs. Obama has a hug—a sincere and friendly embrace—that has become familiar to countless supporters from coast to coast. And when she talks to you, she focuses all her calm attention on your face. For a passionate supporter like me (someone who, like millions of regular American citizens, volunteered in the campaign trenches and basked in the glow of glory at the Inauguration), being the focus of this reassuring gaze is akin to hearing a chord from John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme." Or maybe Ralph Vaughan Williams's "The Lark Ascending": All is well and right and real.

There's also an accompanying slideshow featuring Annie Liebovitz photographs of the First Lady in favorite labels Narciso Rodriguez, J. Crew and Jason Wu on the cover.
It's still kind of odd to see the First Family as such pop culture icons, but all things considered, it's a refreshing change of pace, and, for now, Mrs. Obama seems happy to give people something positive to focus on.
Leading Lady by André Leon Talley (


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