According to people without eyes, Michelle Obama has fallen into some sort of vortex called “First Lady hair.” The Huffington Post is claiming that Michelle is more than capable of pulling off “the most quintessential hairstyle for a woman in her position: the voluminous, ultra-coifed first lady ‘do.” While their article is complimentary and says she wears the style well, I’m pretty over the whole “First Lady hair” thing, and don’t really understand why we’re so obsessed with her appearance, anyways.
Obama was photographed at a Toys for Tots gift event with what apparently was a controversial hairstyle. It seriously bears no resemblance to anything other First Ladies have worn:
Doesn’t it just look like she got a blow out? What’s all the fuss about?
Of course it’s fun to talk about Michelle’s outfits every so often, and I’m certainly guilty of it. But does the whole “First Lady hair” gamut feel unnecessarily disrespectful to you, too? ”First Lady hair” is a pejorative term, and more than that, it’s belittling and patronizing. I’ve never been crazy about the term “First Lady” to begin with, considering that most first ladies are basically politicians in their own right, and did a lot more than simply married a politically successful man.
Let’s please stop using the term “First Lady hair.” It’s frustrating enough that we constantly talk about female politicians’ outfits and beauty regimens, but must we continue to demean them with assigning their position to a hairstyle? The different First Ladies we’ve had in office have for the most part acted as diplomats and always work for at least one cause, so it’s really time to stop thinking about them as arm candy.
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