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Michelle Obama's famous biceps

January 20, 2011 |  5:10 pm


On Wednesday night, First Lady Michelle Obama donned a red Alexander McQueen gown to wear to a state dinner for the People’s Republic of China. The asymmetrical neckline, Times fashion critic Booth Moore wrote, “was incredible.” But that wasn’t the only charm of the dress. It was sleeveless, offering us another chance to catch a glimpse of the famous Obama arms. Much has been written about the first lady’s fit figure (she’s “buff,” Times health writer Jeannine Stein proclaimed). And she continues to provide evidence that even a busy first lady has time to work out. Her curvy biceps have become “something of a lightning rod for remarks from both sexes in a larger discussion of how much female muscle constitutes too much,” Stein reported.  But those of us who spend hours working on our bicep curls salute her.   

Photo gallery of the first lady's famous biceps

-- Alice Short

Photo: President Obama, right, and First Lady Michelle Obama, left, welcome Chinese President Hu Jintao for a state dinner at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Obama and Hu met in the Oval Office earlier in the day. EPA/Mark Wilson / Pool