Should Michelle Obama Have Worn a Black Designer?
Black Artists Association upset with First Lady
People are mad at her already. Some of those same people who celebrated Michelle Obama’s entry into the White House are now peeved at her. And for what? For her choice of clothing during her first day as First Lady.
Because none of her Inaugural outfits were made by a black designer.
This has my “God-knows-what-color-the-people-are-who-made-my-underwear” undies in a royal bunch.
The Black Artists Association’s cofounder, Amnau Eele released the following statement about Michelle’s Inaugural outfits: “She had seven slots to wear designer clothes. Why wasn’t she wearing the clothes of a black designer? This was our moment.“
Excuse me, Ms. Eele. I beg to differ. Whose moment was it?
Yours? Are you kidding me?
It was MICHELLE OBAMA’S MOMENT!
Eele plans to make a formal appeal to Michelle Obama’s office. An appeal to do what? To change her clothes? To tell America she’s sorry she didn’t choose a dress designed by a black person? To apologize for wearing clothes she felt comfortable in, that she liked on what was one of the most important days in hers and her husband’s life?
Who goes out specifically and buys clothes because they are made by someone who has the same color skin?
We finally got a black man into the oval office, and now they’re angry because his wife is not wearing clothing made by a black person? Why was this never an issue when clothing was chosen by a white First Lady? Do the Obamas need to hold a press conference to discuss or defend their outfit choices?
Don’t we have more important issues to tackle the first week we have a new President and First Lady? Won’t Michelle Obama have countless other engagements to don stunning clothing by talented designers of all ethnicities?
Speaking of talented designers, b. Michael had this to say in regards to Michelle being slammed in the press:
“For the record I would like to state that the statement made on behalf of the Black Artists Association does not represent my point of view.
I understand their sensitivity and respect their right to express it.
I personally believe it is an unfair expectation to place on the First Lady.
Fashion is subjective and a matter of personal choice.
As a designer of Color I would encourage the fashion industry, editors and media to lead the way and be more inclusive. True change in America is going to be a collective effort.
As an American Designer I am excited that Mrs. Obama, in her role as the First Lady, will heighten the awareness of American style which resonates into business and jobs in the fashion industry.
I applaud Mrs. Obama for her style and her choices. Most of all for wearing what really matters, Dignity and Grace.“
Now THAT’S more like it. Isn’t the whole idea to look BEYOND skin color, to leave racism in the past and MOVE ON – to judge NOT by skin but by talent, vision, quality? Isn’t that why America elected Barack Obama in the first place?