Michelle Obama will grace the cover of the Oct. 23 issue of T, the New York Times Style Magazine, and inside are “love letters” written by four incredible people who have been inspired by the first lady over the past eight years.
According to Jezebel, the letters pay testament to her historic run as first lady by examining the pressures that she has faced, including race-based criticism. The letters were written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jon Meacham, Gloria Steinem and Rashida Jones.
Adichie mentions Obama being called “the Angry Black Woman” and further details the insults she’s endured, while Jones mentions her poise despite scrutiny.
There’s no doubt that Obama has faced issues that no other first lady has faced before her, most of which came from the simple fact that she was the first black first lady. From being compared to apes, to her fashion choices, to her facial expressions, Obama has had to endure a type of inappropriate criticism that was beyond disrespectful but, unfortunately, unavoidable.
But in line with her own famous quote from the 2016 Democratic National Convention, “When they go low, we go high,” Michelle Obama has come out on top of all of the negativity as one of the best and most influential first ladies the United States has ever seen.
“She was genuine,” wrote Adichie. “All over America, black women were still, their eyes watching a form of God, because she represented their image writ large in the world.”
Check out the beautiful love letters from T, the New York Times Style Magazine.