(All photos courtesy of Getty Images and Elle.com)
Are politics changing the face of the runway? Since Michelle Obama took residence in the white house as first lady, her unique fashion sense has started to become one of the most influential pieces in the fashion industry. But, her style seems to be doing more than just making her America's top fashion icon, it's defining much more.
Mrs. Obama's style has been influencing both the office and the billion dollar fashion market, with black women becoming more popular for the cover of some of America's top fashion magazines and designers beginning to place more ethnicity in their shows.
Statistically speaking, an African American woman appearing on the cover of top fashion magazines like "Vogue" , "Marie Claire" and even "Elle" were few and far between.Only about 16% of all covers in 2006 allowed a African American woman to take the spotlight.
But, since the election of Barack Obama in 2009, all eyes have been on the first lady and Mrs. Obama is slowly scratching out boundaries for black women in fashion everywhere. Statistics of African American women appearing in magazines and the runway have skyrocketed, proving that darker skin may becoming more acceptable in the world of size zeros and blonde hair. Vogue magazine came out with an all black issue, featuring nothing but models of African American descent and more recently, albeit controversy, Elle magazine has featured actress Gadbourey Sidibe, the star of "Precious" on their cover.
Not only has Michelle Obama's style rocked the white house with flipped traditions, such as baring her arms during events that usually require more formal attire, but, she seems to be redefining what it means to be black and beautiful in fashion.