Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Michelle Obama is a breath of fresh air to the White House and has been credited with setting new standards for working mothers (and their wardrobes) everywhere. Though she’s quick to point out that her main role is “Mom-in-Chief,” the press and he country just can’t help themselves when it comes to her clothes. Dubbed the First Lady of Fashion, Mrs. Obama is not only a role model in community service, education, parenting and politics — she’s become a style icon, gracing the covers of magazines like Vogue and Essence. She’s even inspired a book by fashion editor Mandi Norwood, Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion.
All glamour aside, this First Mom also knows how to get her hands dirty.
When the Obama Family moved into their new home on Pennsylvania Avenue, her top priority was getting their daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, settled. Next on the list, she planted organic vegetables and herbs in the White House Kitchen Garden, in order to encourage her family — and the nation — to eat well. And on Earth Day, she toted a shovel out to the Kenilworth Aquatic Garden in Washington, D.C. where she planted trees.
Yet, Michelle Obama’s other talents are just as impressive as her other roles — wife, mother, daughter, fashionista and, a little like her husband, community organizer. As a young woman, she attended Princeton University where she studied Sociology and African-American Studies. In 1988 she graduated from Harvard Law School, which led her to work at the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin. While there, she met a charming young man named Barack Obama.
After working at the law firm, she moved on to serve as an aid to the Mayor of Chicago as his assistant and as the Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. Before her husband became President, she also worked in hospital administration. Now, she has the opportunity to take her passion for service on the national level as First Lady, where she’s emphasized taking on the needs of military families as a particular concern.