Although there has been some negative criticism of Michelle Obama’s fashion choices for the Inaugural activities (especially the floral Tracy Feith dress she wore to church on Wednesday), overall the reaction to the way our new First Lady looked as over overwhelmingly postive. Until now. Yesterday, Jezebel had an article about how black designers are disappointed in the choices the First Lady has made because she didn’t include an African American designer. Cue violins here because the unnecessary drama has officially begun.
Amanu Eele, co-founder of The Black Artist’s Association (whose actual purpose is a mystery to me) is writing an appeal to the office of The First Lady expressing her disappointed. Here are here comments:
“It’s fine and good if you want to be all ‘Kumbaya’ and ‘We Are the World’ by representing all different countries. But if you are going to have Isabel Toledo do the inauguration dress, and Jason Wu do the evening gown, why not have Kevan Hall, B Michael, Stephen Burrows or any of the other black designers do something too?”
I think Ms. Eele needs to slow her roll. It is not like these three events are the only time we are going to see the First Lady of the United States in the next four years. Furthermore, the outrage is not coming from the notable designers themselves (or maybe she is their mouthpiece). Michelle Obama’s clothing choices thus far have been a mystery to everyone. So who knows what is to come. More importantly, although our First Lady is one of us she also belongs to all of America and her choices are going to reflect that. She doesn’t owe us something special, neither does the President. And let’s get real, she has more on her mind than what she wears. But I have a feeling this is just the beginning.
But Eele is right about one thing: The President and The First Lady do bring to mind a “We Are The World” excitement into the air. But if we are trying to be inclusive, the tit for tat and the counting up which ethnic groups get what needs to stop. Seriously. This whole thing is bigger than just us.Read Also