In the eyes of society, it is considered unfortunate to admit that yes, what you wear really does matter. But that doesn't mean it has to be a negative sentiment.
The Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, had then – and has since – stood as a feminist role model, advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, and physical activity. And, almost simultaneously, she very quickly became a fashion icon.
For eight years, Obama’s clothing became a hot topic for the world’s media. Her wardrobe became a strategic movement in and of itself. Within the presidential administration, clothing had developed a voice of its own. It allowed the world to see the strength and confidence that radiated from this passionate and philanthropic woman. She enjoyed fashion, permitting a wider celebration of fashion as a medium beyond frivolity. She championed a variety of fresh designers, celebrating their talents, whilst additionally hosting seminars in a fashion education workshop at the White House in 2014.
More importantly, she offered women the beauty of choice: the beauty of choosing, as a woman, whether to show her upper arm or not; the beauty of choosing to adorn herself in every colour and every bold print; and the beauty of choosing to enjoy clothing both as expression and as art.