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Fashion News: Michelle Obama's fitness initiatives defended

December 23, 2011 |  8:34 am

Michelle ObamaU.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) reportedly was overheard complaining about First Lady Michelle Obama's health and fitness initiatives by saying that someone with a posterior as large as hers shouldn't tell the rest of us what to do. [Media Bistro]

When called on it, a spokeswoman in his office said he plans to apologize, but doesn't think government should tell Americans what to eat. This overlooks the fact that Mrs. Obama first of all looks smashing and second of all is not "government." She was not elected and has no power to enforce anything. Like all first ladies, she can lead by example -- which she does through her own good health habits. (And through shining a light on others who strive for healthy food and fitness, as she did when she visited the Iron Street Urban Farm in Chicago in October, at left.) [Huffington Post]

"Jersey Shores' " Jenni "Jwoww" Farley has teamed up with Perfect Tan Bikini to design a line of strapless, backless bikini tops that stay on via an adhesive. [Daily Mail]

The Kardashians reportedly plan to sue Star magazine and an international labor rights group over allegations reported this week that some of the products the family promotes or endorses are made in Chinese sweat shops. The Kardashians have denied the claim and say it is unfounded. [TMZ]

The biannual style book A Magazine features 13-year-old Elle Fanning, decked out in clothes by Los Angeles-based Rodarte. [Telegraph]

Barneys New York has notified some customers that their online orders have been cancelled, due to technical difficulties. Not what anyone wants to hear three days before Christmas. [Racked]

Derek Lam sent a cease-and-desist order to Ivanka Trump, contending that she copied his design for a pair of wedge sandals. But Marc Fisher Footwear, Trump's licensing company, stand by the sandals and says they've done nothing wrong. [The Cut]


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Photo: First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Iron Street Urban Farm in Chicago. Credit: Scott Olson / Getty Images