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Michelle Obama strikes a pose for March Vogue -- smart or not?

February 10, 2009 |  2:52 pm

84371614 Come March, the First Lady will appear on the cover of Vogue. According to the Washington Post, Michelle Obama plays it warm and approachable in a relaxed pose and wearing a simple magenta dress by Jason Wu, who designed her inaugural ball gown. (We'll post the cover Wednesday, after the embargo has been lifted.) Annie Leibovitz took the shots, just as she did when then-First Lady Hillary Clinton appeared on the cover of the glossy mag in December 1998.

Back then, Anna Wintour said of Clinton's style in the spread: "We kind of wanted to get her out of those suits she tends to wear when she's campaigning."

This time around, Wintour isn't playing Doctor Doolittle.  Clearly, she's thrilled with Obama's fashion-forward style. Obama wears up-and-coming designers and has ushered in a whole new sense of simple chic. But is Vogue the right cover for Michelle Obama? The fashion magazine has been criticized for being out of touch with reality and the tone can be haughty, to say the least. I liken reading Vogue to having lunch with a friend who finds insidious ways to put me down.

Do you think a Vogue cover is a great choice for the First Lady's image?

-- Monica Corcoran

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