Michelle Obama’s Final Interview as FLOTUS Will Be With Oprah

In her final interview as First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama will sit down with none other than Oprah Winfrey to reflect on her eight years spent in the White House with her family. The interview will be conducted in the Obamas’ private residence within 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The special taping will be called First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House — An Oprah Winfrey Special – and, yes, we’re crying as we write this. The interview will be produced in partnership by CBS and OWN, and will first air on CBS December 19 at 8 PM EST, and again on OWN December 21st at 9 PM EST.

Speculation over what the Obamas’ post-presidency lifestyle will entail has included rumors of multi-million dollar book deals for both Barach and Michelle, with  Raphael Sagalyn, of the ICM/Sagalyn Literary Agency, telling The New York Times “I think Michelle Obama has the opportunity to sell the most valuable first lady memoir in history.”

Obama ranked 13th on this year’s Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful Women, above Winfrey’s ranking of 20th.

Michelle Obama Gives No Fucks: 9 Looks That Would’ve Pissed Saudi Arabia Off Even More

Michelle Obama wears red, white, and blue, and Jimmy Choo to a banquet in her and the President’s honor hosted by India’s President Shri Pranab Mukherjee. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Choo

First Lady, you are amazing.

We love Michelle Obama for wearing what she wants to wear — she rarely bends to what society expects, be that American society, or Saudi Arabian.

Does FLOTUS’s waiting a very, very long time to wear the American designer Oscar de la Renta ring a bell?

How about the time she chose to wear British designer Alexander McQueen when once publicly representing the U.S.?

Both sartorial choices created quite the hubbub, but we’re thinking those choices will be nothing in comparison to FLOTUS’s decision not to cover her hair while visiting Saudi Arabia to pay respects to the recently deceased king.

Yeah. Here she is, not giving a fuck in Saudi Arabia:

But that would’ve been nothing compared to the ruckus these looks from her past would’ve caused. Sleeveless, strapless, short skirts, low cut — Mrs. Obama’s done it all. #bestdressed










We say, go girl. Wear whatever your FLOTUS heart desires.


Fashion’s Finest Head to the White House for Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama at the Ribbon Cutting and Press Preview for Anna Wintour Costume Center and Charles James: Beyond Fashion COSTUME INSTITUTE Exhibition. Photo by Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com

Fashion’s finest headed to Washington yesterday as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher” Initiative which invited 16 high school students–Parsons Scholars (a program that provides art, design, and fashion education to underprivileged youth) to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Gathered amongst many of the greatest successes in the industry: Anna Wintour introduced Michelle Obama. Eva Chen, Phillip Lim, Diane von Furstenberg, Maria Cornejo, Jason Wu, and Jenna Lyons and more fashion figures were also in attendance. The students received career advice in the rare form of speeches from the First Lady of the U.S.A., and the First Lady of fashion, Ms. Wintour.

“Fashion is about so much more than just a pretty pair of pumps or the perfect hemline.  For so many people across the country, it is a calling, it is a career, and it’s a way they feed their families.  So that’s why we thought it was important to bring the industry to the White House, and to share it with all of you who are coming up in the next generation,” Ms. Obama said, in a speech excerpt that actually got me a little teary.

The young designers we’ll surely soon be clamoring for were set to task to decorate the East Room with 600 recycled books, which were transformed into table centerpieces, napkin rings, a backdrop for the speakers, and (my personal fave) a lectern specifically designed to never obstruct views of Mrs. Obama’s dress. Appropriately, the dress was an incredible student-designed piece by Natalya Koval of FIT, who clearly ran with the opportunity to show off those famous arms.

Sounds like it was a truly special occasion! #FOMO

Some of our favorite Reach Higher moments from Instagram:



Jackie, @prabalgurung, and me at the White House. #fashionedu

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Thank you for your lovely words @flotus @michelleobama today has been amazing. #fashionedu @reachhigher2020 @whitehouse Regram @bibicornejoborthwick View on Instagram


had to do it!- #whitehouse #31philliplim #fashionedu

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“We want you to see firsthand that a solid education and the willingness to work hard is really at the core of what it’s going to take to achieve your goals: education and hard work.” —The First Lady to #FashionEdu Thank you to all the leaders in the fashion industry who encouraged the students at today’s Fashion Education Workshop to #ReachHigher in their education. View on Instagram



Fashion group at the White House ! Zac , Vera, Edward, Naomi, Lazaro ! @edward_enninful @iamnaomicampbell @lazaro @zac_posen Wonderful evening ! Love Diane @michelleobama #fashionedu

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A very inspiring speech from our First Lady ! @MichelleObama #fashionedu @reachhigher2020 Love Diane

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Adele Booked 10 Months In Advance For Michelle Obama’s Elitist 50th Birthday Party

Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday party is nearly a year away, but already Adele and Beyoncé (of course) have been booked to perform.

The UK’s Daily Mail reports that Adele is so honored to perform at the First Lady’s birthday (January 17th) that she’ll waive her usual performance fee.

The Obama family will cover the rest of the singer’s travel expenses themselves, given how its a private party as opposed to an official state event. Interesting that it’ll be a double-header act. I wonder if Beyoncé can handle not being the top banana. 

Bey and Adele are just two of the performers who’ll supposedly be at MObama’s "celebrity-packed" birthday celebration, which will no doubt drawer the ire of conservatives who want to peg her as Marie Antoinette. We’ll be hearing about this stupid fancy birthday all year, mark my words.

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Michelle Obama & Jimmy Fallon Do “The Evolution Of Mom Dancing”

Just when you thought you couldn’t love Michelle Obama even more, she appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night for a segment called "The Evolution Of Mom Dancing."


The First Lady, touting her Let’s Move! campaign, joined a be-wigged Fallon for an encyclopedia of classic mom dance moves, like the sprinkler, the out-of-synch Electric Slide, and the lesser known "Where’s Your Father? Get Him Back Here!"

As goofy as the segment is, Michelle has got some real moves. It makes me wish the public got to see her do more than the occasional slow dance with her husband.

Watch "The Evolution Of Mom Dancing" video Mediaite blow: 

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Michelle Obama Got Bangs, Karlie Kloss Probably Got Jealous

All the blogs are talking about The Karlie, which is what we now call a bob haircut with bangs since model Karlie Kloss adopted it on her perfect noggin. This is the first haircut I’ve heard of being named after a human since The Rachel, as far as I remember. (I’m still kind of bitter that parting one’s hair down the middle separating two perfectly-formed arches of hair was called The Butt-Cut rather than The Tyler since I rocked that shit for about seven years too long, but whatever.) The weird thing about the Karlie is that I’ve been seeing it on a handful of my friends for the last few years, so I’ll go ahead and call it The Christina or The Lorenna or maybe The Lindsay. Or, hell, the Michelle, since Michelle Obama is wearing the hell out of some bangs right now. 

As Jamie Peck at The Gloss writes, "Some people think Michelle Obama got ‘The Karlie,’ but I think that’s silly, because if anyone is allowed to get a standard bob with bangs and re-name it after herself, it is the Queen of America." I like that. Can we call it The Queen? Can we just call Michelle Obama The Queen? It looks like I’ve got a lot of petitions to submit to the White House this weekend. 

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No Doubt Hosts Obama Fundraiser At Gwen Stefani’s House

No Doubt will host a fundraiser for the Obama 2012 campaign at Gwen Stefani’s Beverly Hills home as part of a "Families For Obama" event. The band, their families, and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the August 12 event and guests can enjoy bounce houses, face painting, and kid musicians. Please tell me there are going to be photographs of Michelle in a bouncey castle.

Tickets will set a family of four back $2,500, will will only get you into Gwen Stefani’s house. To actually have your picture taken with the First Lady, you have to cough up some extra dough. No Doubt won’t actually take photos "or meet and greet" during the fundraiser. 

Stefani is just one of many celebs to host fundraisers for Obama during the campaign: most notably, Sarah Jessica Parker held a fundraiser at her West Village home with Vogue editor Anna Wintour and George Clooney hosted a dinner.

Afternoon Links: Holographic Nate Dogg To Perform At Coachella, Obama More Diplomatic On Kanye

● Allowing neither lousy weather nor death stop him, it is rumored that Nate Dogg will perform posthumously alongside Dr. Dre and friends at Coachella via hologram technology. [TMZ]

● According to Little, Brown, J.K. Rowling’s first post-Potter novel, The Casual Vacancy, will be a "darckly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising" about a parish council election that “becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.” "Very different to Harry," Rowling says. [GalleyCat]

● Green Day is readying a trilogy of albums for the fall — ¡Uno! for September, ¡Dos! for November, and ¡Tré! for January. [Billboard]

Out has culled together a fascinating oral history of Queercore, or, as they’ll have it, "the movement that changed the world (whether you knew it or not)." [Out]

● In a heartfelt letter posted to the BeyHive, Beyoncé thanks Michelle Obama for being the "ULTIMATE example of a truly strong African American woman," and particularly so for her baby Blue Ivy. "I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you to look up to," she writes. Aww! [RapFix]

● During Round Two, President Obama allows that Kanye West is "smart" and "very talented," while maintaining that, "He is a jackass." [TheAtlantic]

Morning Links: Drake Hints At Aaliyah Collabo, Carrie Brownstein Pens a Memoir

● Drake told the UK’s Tim Westwood that he has "some great Aaliyah news coming soon,” precipitating rumors that he might be involved with that whispered-about posthumous Aaliyah album. [RapFix]

The Hunger Games has sparked archery fever in New York City, where the Education Department has green-lighted a new P.E. program that will let kids try their best to be like Katniss. [NYP]

● Taylor Swift notched a second consecutive Entertainer of the Year award at yesterday’s Academy of Country Music Awards, an event to which she went solo as her date was not well enough to make it. Later in the evening, she met Michelle Obama at the Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday. Not such a bad weekend! [HuffPost]

● Carrie Brownstein, formerly of Sleater-Kinney and currently of Wild Flag and Portlandia, has added a memoir about her life in music to her already long list of projects for the next year. [RS]

● Please, as cute as they may be, no more dying chicks for Easter. [NYT]

● Word has it that, whereas before it was for money, Kris Humphries is now refusing to sign divorce papers until Kim Kardashian admits that the whole marriage was a scam. [PageSix]

● Activist Naomi Wolf is calling bluff on Katy Perry’s Semper Fi-happy video for "Part of Me." Calling the video a "glorification of violence" and "propaganda for the Marines," Wolf wrote in a Facebook post that, “I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it… it is truly shameful." [NYDN]