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Michelle Obama’s style has fascinated us since she stepped into the political limelight. Not only do her outfits become fodder for the fashion pages, but she has influenced the fashion industry and made a financial impact on the sector. Items she wears quickly become hot sellers. Her mix of off-the-rack pieces with designer items has changed the way we look at fashion.
But who pays for those fashionable outfits?
No, it’s not the taxpayers. And no, she doesn’t borrow gowns from designers. Sometimes Mrs. Obama pays for them herself but she probably isn’t paying full price.
She can certainly afford the designer numbers. The Obamas reported adjusted income of $481,000 for 2013, and assets worth between $1.8 million and $7 million.
“Mrs. Obama pays for her clothing. For official events of public or historic significance, such as a state visit, the First Lady’s clothes may be given as a gift by a designer and accepted on behalf of the U.S. government. They are then stored by the National Archives,” says Joanna Rosholm, press secretary to the First Lady.
Being First Lady, Michelle Obama is expected to dress well, but she doesn’t get a clothing allowance or even a salary.
“Mary Todd Lincoln racked up tens of thousands of dollars in clothing bills and considered selling manure from the White House grounds to pay them off, according to the National First Ladies’ Library. Jacqueline Kennedy’s father-in-law stepped in to finance her Oleg Cassini wardrobe to keep clothes from becoming a political liability for President John Kennedy. Nancy Reagan got grief for borrowing designer gowns and not always returning them or reporting them as gifts,” reports My Plainview.
But Mrs. Obama, like most of us, searches for deals and discounts. And Mrs. Obama can get a significant amount off.
Mrs. Obama also keeps costs down by rotating outfits. She “wore the same dress to this year’s Mother’s Day tea that she’d worn to lunch with Katy Perry in October 2012. She often switches around separates, belts and other accessories to give clothes in her wardrobe a fresh look,” says My Plainview.
Other times she gets the clothes for free. Among the clothing donated by designers are Mrs. Obama’s two inaugural gowns made by Jason Wu, who became a fashion star after she wore them. The blue Carolina Herrera gown that Mrs. Obama wore to February ‘s state dinner for French President Francois Hollande and the gold beaded Naeem Khan gown that she donned to the 2012 Governors Ball now on display at the American Museum of Natural History, were also donated.
Custom gowns can get pricey. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 1993 inaugural gown by Sarah Phillips was in the range of $50,000.
Obviously Michelle Obama is one savvy shopper.
Forbes has released its annual list of most powerful women and First Lady Michelle Obama comes in at number eight, four spots lower than last year. Oprah Winfrey comes in at number 14 (one slot lower than last year); Beyonce hangs on to number 17; Ursula Burns is in at number 22 (falling from 14); and Eartharin Cousin, the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, is at number 45. According to Forbes, Cousin has fed 177 million people since she assumed her leadership position two years ago.
Further down at number 64 is Rosalind Brewer, the president of Sam’s Club, which had revenues of $53 billion during fiscal year 2013.
As evidenced by the paragraph above, the list is very much the same as last year. Jezebel notes that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is number one, a position she’s held 10 of the last 11 years. Lady Gaga is the youngest at 28 years old (#67); Queen Elizabeth is the oldest at 88, ranked number 35.
“The résumés and accomplishments of the women on the Forbes list are all impressive (13 billionaires, 9 heads of state, 28 corporate CEOs), but nearly half the list are “female firsts”—the first female Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, GM’s first female CEO Mary Barra, the first female self-made African billionaire Folorunsho Alakija,” Jezebel continues.
Other women from abroad who made the list include Joyce Banda (#40), the first female president of Malawi; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (#44), the finance minister from Nigeria; and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (#70), the president of Liberia.
According to USA Today, the Obamas have their listed assets valued at about $2 million to $7 million. Although for the average citizen, this information would be private, White House spokesperson Jay Carney reminds us that the opposite goes for the First Family.
“The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires high-level federal officials to publicly disclose their personal financial interests. The public filing system serves to prevent financial conflicts of interest by providing for a systematic review of the finances of government officials,” said Carney.
We see the President and First Lady so often, we think of them as celebrities. And many celebrities make many millions. So to see that the Obamas — he’s the leader of the free world and she’s the bomb — don’t have more in the bank might be a little jarring. (Mitt Romney, for instance, is said to be worth hundreds of millions.) But keep in mind, the President’s salary is $450,000, a figure that hasn’t gone up in the past fiscal year.
CNN Money tells us the Obamas have invested between $1 million to $5 million assets into U.S. Treasury securities. Their daughters, Malia and Sasha, will not have to take loans to fund their college educations; their parents allocated between $200,000 and $400,000 in 529 college savings plans for them.
However, some time has passed since President Obama’s bestselling books were smash hits. In comparison to their 2010 stats, the President’s memoir sales this year earned him about $165,000, a big drop from their $1.1 million sales. President Obama’s personal assets are reportedly worth between $1.95 and $7.15 million.
Their mortgage was the only liability listed by the Obamas in their financial disclosure.
#BringBackOurGirls: Michelle Obama And Hillary Clinton Show Support In Search For Abducted Girls In Nigeria
It’s been very nice to see so many people get involved and use their voices to get the word out about the more than 200 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in Northern Nigeria weeks ago, as well as the eight girls kidnapped earlier this week. We told you that Secretary of State, John Kerry, said that the U.S. is planning to aid Nigerian government and military in quelling the influence of the Boko Haram. According to a CBS affiliate in Washington D.C. via the Pentagon, that help will come in the form of less than 10 troops who will help with “communications, logistics and intelligence planning.” There is no plan for a launch of military or any type of physical attack on the militants by the U.S. troops for now.
But another voice coming out of the White House that people seemed very excited to hear (or see actually) was that of Michelle Obama. She posted a picture of herself with a sign that said #BringBackOurGirls inside the White House on Instagram, showing her support.
Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It’s time to #BringBackOurGirls. -mo
Another influential voice was that of probable 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. At a philanthropy conference in New York this week, she spoke to Robin Roberts about the actions of the Boko Haram and the inaction of the Nigerian government:
“The seizure of these young women by this radical extremist group, Boko Haram, is abominable, it’s criminal, it’s an act of terrorism and it really merits the fullest response possible, first and foremost by the government of Nigeria.”
Republicans say that Clinton could have helped long ago to prevent this whole situation from happening. According to the CBS affiliate, they sat when she was head of the State Department, had she actually labeled the Boko Haram as a terrorist group, much more could have been done long ago to stop them. Despite that criticism, she still took to Twitter to spread the word and show support for the kidnapped girls.
“Access to education is a basic right & an unconscionable reason to target innocent girls. We must stand up to terrorism. #BringBackOurGirls”
According to the BBC, there is an online social media march taking place today, where people are being encouraged to spend 200 minutes on social media sites getting the word out about the missing girls. Get involved in any way you can.
“Reject The Slander That Says A Black Child With A Book Is Trying To Act White” The Best Celebrity Commencement Speakers
It’s a wonderful time of the year for college students around the nation. With young adults bidding farewell to frat parties, all-nighters and general recklessness, students are gearing up for one final hurrah: Graduation. So now seems as good a time as ever to take a look back at our favorite celebrity commencement speakers whose words we have no doubt will stick with these grads throughout the years.
If you’re feeling down and are in need of a pep talk, Michelle Obama’s got you covered.
Teaming up with Seventeen magazine’s Girl Power campaign, the first lady of the United States provides a little dose of inspiration, sharing what “power” means to her — and how every young girl can harness it to take on her dreams.
“I believe that girl power is about being the very best version of who you are,” says FLOTUS in a video. “And that means showing up for class, paying attention — it means really challenging yourself.”
“As I always tell my daughters, a good education is something no one can take away from you. You always get to keep what you know.”
Listen to the First Lady’s inspiring speech at BlackVoices.com
The number of unemployed still stands at 10.5 million, according to the latest stats. Which means lots of folks are still looking for jobs. And Michelle Obama recently met the daughter of an unemployed American who had a little a surprise for the First Lady.
At her annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees who visit the White House for “Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day,”a young girl in the front row said that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then to Mrs. Obama’s surprise, the girl handed her her father’s resume.
The First Lady explained to the other children that the girl was “doing something for her dad” and promised look into the situation. Mrs. Obama hugged the little girl as the event ended.
No word yet on what happened next, but Mrs. Obama did grab the resume off the table and took it with her when she left the room.
We have to give it to the little girl for seeing an opportunity and taking it!
While certainly the First Family can’t help everyone in America who’s looking for work, the Obamas have talked a ton about jobs given the economy. Besides measure the President has taken, FLOTUS just recently announced a program for veterans, who have an unemployment rate higher than the general average.
Ladies, you know how it is. The weather breaks and you want to show a little leg in a nice full skirt that just so happens to hit you right above the knee.
And that’s all fine and dandy until the wind decides to expose all of your business for the world to see. It happens to the best of us. Even our beloved First Lady, Michelle Obama, almost fell victim to this terrible fate. But her husband, President Obama, being the gentleman that he is, was there to save the day.
Earlier this week, Mr. and Mrs. Obama were boarding Air Force One in Houston when a gust of wind blew the First Lady’s skirt into the air. Her man was there to catch it though and prevented what could have been a terribly embarrassing moment…and no doubt a source for more Republican scrutiny (aka trolling).
The first couple were on this way to Austin, Texas to visit the Lyndon B Johnson Presidential Library where President Obama delivered an address to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
The couple finished their week with a viewing of Raisin in the Sun in New York City on Broadway. According to the Associated Press, the president and Mrs. Obama went backstage to greet the actors during intermission.
Gotta love these two!
Beyonce is one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world so it comes as no surprise that she is also the subject of incredible speculation and some of Hollywood’s most ridiculous rumors. Though Queen Bey seems to take it all in stride, we couldn’t help but call out some of the most insane, off-the-wall and absolutely ludicrous whispers even a Beyhive hater wouldn’t believe. So without further adieu, her are the most ridiculous beyonce rumors to hit the web.
While Shonda Rhimes provides a gripping look into the dark and twisted world of politics with her hit primetime TV show, “Scandal,” and draws us in with her engaging characters and compelling storylines, most Americans can shut off their televisions each Thursday night with the comfort of knowing that the majority of the insanity going on during the show is not happening at the White House. However, as it turns out, Chinese television viewers may have been led to believe that the political thriller is a “true reflection” of what’s happening in our nation’s capital. Thankfully, during a recent trip to the East Asian country, Michelle Obama was able to clear up some of those misconceptions.
The fashion-forward First Lady learned during a chat with Chinese outlet Caixin that Chinese TV viewers are addicted to a “certain American TV series about Washington politics,” and that many of them are “getting their primary impressions of the president and the first lady” from said series. While there are several TV shows out there that focus American politics, naturally, most assumed that “Scandal” was the show the interviewer was referencing. Lady O, however, made it clear that the White House is nothing like what you see on TV.
“I hate to disappoint people, but real life in the White House is nothing like what you see in that television show,” she explained. “In real life, everyone in the White House — my husband and I and every member of our extraordinary staff — is there for one reason: because we love our country and want to serve it.”
“And that’s what we focus on every day: how to give more Americans a chance to fulfill their dreams, to get a good education, get a good job to support their families, and so much more.”
Well put, Lady O. Well put.