Michelle Obama was the first African-American First Lady. She was also the first FLOTUS to break the traditional dress code of First Ladies. Not only a pioneer in bridging divisive gaps such as wealth and race, she was also someone who kept an open door policy at the White House. Michelle Obama has reshaped the definition of a First Lady, setting some enormous shoes to fill for her successor.
Michelle has spent her eight years in the White House wisely. She has taken her passions for a better education system, support for veterans, and children’s wellness to the next level, offering a “modern” approach to solving today’s challenges.
Political Highlights of Michelle Obama’s Impact
Mrs. Obama didn’t waste time after she entered the White House, quickly getting started with the “Let’s Move” effort to help leaders, educators, and parents fight childhood obesity. Focused on providing support for parents to provide healthy alternatives to their kids’ eating habits, Mrs. Obama has long been an advocate of healthy eating and a holistic lifestyle.
Through Joining Forces with Jill Biden, Michelle Obama has worked to rally all Americans to support service men and women, including veterans and their families. Mrs. Obama is and continues to be focused on giving those who served America the proper support they need for education, wellness, and employment opportunities as they re-enter civilian society.
More recently, Let Girls Learn has offered Michelle Obama another avenue to impact change. The initiative focuses on helping young women go to school and remain in school. Supporting them through various efforts including sharing struggles, offering support groups, and inspiration for young women to pursue their education, Mrs. Obama has helped create opportunities for girls all around the world.
Social Changes by Mrs. Obama
Being the first African-American First Lady is a tall order to fill, but Michelle Obama was able to flawlessly deliver with poise and compassion. Known for her inclusive nature, Mrs. Obama welcomed visitors from all walks of life to her home, events, and outreach programs, bridging the gap between black, white, wealthy and poor.
This spring, Michelle welcomed students and NASA representatives to join her in planting the White House Kitchen Garden to bring like-minded people together and enact change. The simple idea of bringing aspiring students together with the top minds of science was yet one more example of how well Michelle could blend worlds. Her influential style and modern look turned unknown designers into superstars overnight. She continues to be featured in top fashion magazines for her contemporary yet everyday look that has garnered many fans. Michelle appears to be just as comfortable in her daily errand outfit as she does dolled up for a ball, making her one of the most fashion-savvy First Ladies in history.
Even Elle Magazine has to give kudos to the First Lady, stating, “Not since Jackie Kennedy has the US had such a fashionable first lady and Michelle Obama’s wardrobe choices are watched by the whole world. Her influence on the industry has been profound, and she can send a designer stellar overnight by simply wearing their designs – just look at the success of Jason Wu, Isabel Toledo, and Maria Pinto…”
Whether you look up to the First Lady for her innovative approach to improving education, her passion for veterans, or her ability to bring people from all walks of life together, her impact on the future of America is undeniable. Michelle Obama has changed the way people expect a First Lady to act, dress, and pursue their dreams, giving young women across the country a positive and inspiring role model to look up to for years to come.