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Thursday, December 04, 2008

For the record, Michelle Obama is black

Just stating the obvious to those who seem to have a problem with the shading of our First Lady to Be. As Julia Turner over at Slate's XX Factor notes, a few designers vying to design Michelle Obama's inaugural dress seem to have put on their color-blindness blinders when sketching the mock ups. As Ms. Turner points out:

Karl Lagerfeld's "Mrs. Obama": Leaning heavily on the peach cray-pas, he produces a woman who looks more like Jackie Kennedy than Michelle. Badgley Mischka's Michelle is a buff-colored, collagen-lipped blank; Michael Kors goes for bronze; Marc Jacobs and Koi Suwannagate both produce sketches with recognizably Michelle-shaped hair but skin that registers somewhere between alabaster and geisha.

Turner notes that in the industry, sketches tend to be stylized but asks: Is it so hard to draw a woman with black skin? I guess for some, the answer is yes. See some of the sketches below and judge for yourself:

Looking through the slideshow, I noticed something equally as weird - a few headless sketches, and at least one with three headless figures, representing Michelle and her daughters. I guess that's one way to avoid the skin tone dilemma, as designer Carolina Herrara has done here with her sketch. Actually, it looks more like Michelle's head has been shrunken (although to Ms. Herrara's credit, the bit of head I see is brown in hue).

See the full slideshow for Michelle's dresses


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