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1 Way Michelle Obama Shows Her Love for Latinos

Even before she lived in the White House, Michelle Obama has been showing her love to Latino designers by constantly wearing their designs. FLOTUS is loyal. She especially likes to wear Cuban designer Narciso Rodriguez, Chilean designer Maria Cornejo and Cuban-born Isabel Toledo — and note, she’s worn their labels to some of the most historical moments of the Obama administration.

Narciso Rodriguez

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Most recently, and for the last State of the Union address of the Obama presidency, Michelle chose a sleeveless, banded-bodice bright marigold dress in wool with a high neckline. The dress came from the ready-to-wear Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2015 collection. And just to prove the influence of the First Lady, the dress sold out even before Obama finished his speech.

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The First Lady wore another Narciso Rodriguez for yet another historical event. She chose a body-flattering dress in black with a fiery red design on election day 2008, the day Obama won the presidency for the first time.

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FLOTUS doesn’t just support Latino designers, she supports the entire Latino community. At a Latino Broadway celebration at the White House, she wore another red-colored Narciso Rodriguez to get her groove on.

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Maria Cornejo

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Michelle Obama also loves the designs of Maria Cornejo. Her designs are both sophisticated and fun. And we all know the First Lady loves bright colors.

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At a school event, the First Lady wore a bright lime-green asymmetrical shirt, matched with purple and silver accessories to have fun with the kids.

Michelle Obama #FLOTUS wearing #zmc

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For a family trip with her two daughters and husband, the First Lady wore a sophisticated black and white dress by Cornejo, accessorized with a thin, beaded belt.

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Isabel Toledo

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For one of the most historic events of the Obama presidency, the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, FLOTUS wore a lime-green lace design by Isabel Toledo. The dress was a midi bodycon dress with a matching coat of the same length. She matched the ensemble with green leather gloves and green pumps.

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But it wasn’t the first time she wore an original from Toledo. The First Lady used to wear her designs even before she moved to the White House. Isabel Toledo sold her designs at Ikram, a Chicago boutique.

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Michelle Obama Will Be Cooking With Kids In Her New Netflix Show

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Michelle Obama Will Be Cooking With Kids In Her New Netflix Show

As if we needed another reason to tune into Netflix, Michelle Obama will be bringing a new cooking show to the streaming giant aimed towards kids. The former First Lady was well-known for her health and fitness initiatives while in the White House and now she’s bringing that same passion to a fun new cooking show.

Michelle Obama launches a new cooking show on Netflix for kids.

The former first lady announced on Instagram that she’s launching a children’s cooking program, called Waffles + Mochi. The show will follow two Muppets-esque puppets – Waffles and Mochi – who dream of becoming chefs. One day, they’re hired by a magical supermarket and embark on a series of far-flung adventures to discover new foods from around the world. They travel to Peru to try potatoes in the Andes, try spices in Italy, and make miso in Japan—finding plenty of friends along the way. According to Netflix, Obama will act as the grocery store’s friendly owner.

The show starts streaming on March 16. Although it’s aimed at children, she says parents will enjoy it too: “I know that adults will also get plenty of laughs—and some tips for the kitchen.”

The show is in many ways an extension of Obama’s platform as First Lady.

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The theme of the show closely aligns with Obama’s “Let’s Move!” public health campaign, which was aimed at curbing childhood obesity. As one of her signature platforms, she tried to lead initiatives that helped families get access to healthy, affordable foods and increase their physical activities.

“In many ways, this show is an extension of my work to support children’s health as First Lady—and to be quite honest, I wish a program like this had been around when my girls were young,” Obama wrote on Instagram. “I also know that this is a difficult time for so many families, and I’m hopeful that this delightful show can bring a bit of light and laughter to homes around the world.”

“Waffles + Mochi” is just one of the former First Lady’s many media ventures. Her “Becoming” documentary is already on Netflix, and in 2020, she launched a podcast on Spotify. Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions has a multi-year production deal with Netflix.

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Barack Obama Says He Had To Quarantine With Malia’s British Boyfriend

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Barack Obama Says He Had To Quarantine With Malia’s British Boyfriend

If you’re not living alone in quarantine-life, you know that these months indoors have made it nearly impossible to NOT get to know the people around you better. Tight quarters and days on end together have made some couples and broken others. Fortunately, it seems for the Obamas quarantine has done the latter.

Former President Barack Obama shared the lessons he’s learned in quarantine after giving some very rare insight into what it was like in his family’s household during the beginning of the pandemic. According to Obama, the quarantine didn’t just include him and his wife Michelle. Or even just their daughters Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19.

Malia’s British boyfriend also joined in for the self-isolation period.

In an interview with Bill Simmons podcast this week, Obama opened up about his favorite part of COVID-19 isolation with his family.

“I think, [like] a lot of families, we went through that first month where we were playing games every night and doing little arts and crafts projects and then slowly, you know, they started to get a little bored with us,” he explained. “Maybe teaching Malia and Sasha, and Malia’s boyfriend who was with us for a little while, spades.”

The former president went onto add that Malia’s boyfriend is “British…wonderful young man, and he was sort of stuck because there was a whole visa thing and he had a job set up. So we took him in and I didn’t want to like him, but he’s a good kid. The only thing you discover—this is not a surprise to you, Bill, because you’ve got a son—young men eat. It’s weird to watch them consume food. My grocery bill went up about 30 percent.”

Speakingto InStyle last month, Obama opened up about his daughters’ personalities.

“Sasha is, as Malia describes it, completely confident about her own take on the world and is not cowed or intimidated—and never has been—by anybody’s titles, anybody’s credentials,” he said. “If she thinks something’s wrong or right, she will say so. When she was 4, 5, 6 years old, once she made a decision, she would dig in and couldn’t be steered off it. I write about it in the book, how we were trying to get her to taste caviar when we were visiting Russia. She was like, ‘Mnn-nnh. No. Sorry. That looks slimy. It’s nasty. I’m not going to do it—even if I’ve got to give up dessert.’ And that part of her character has always been there.”

“And Malia, she is just buoyant,” Barack he went on to share. “She’s somebody who enjoys people, enjoys life, and enjoys conversation. She’s never bored, which is a badass quality that can take you places.”

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