Woman Crush Wednesday: Michelle Obama

I’m not American and I rarely (ever?) talk politics, but since the US is about to inaugurate a new president next week, I want to dedicate this Woman Crush Wednesday post to a fabulous First Lady: Michelle Obama.

It’s hard not to pay attention to such a statuesque woman, especially when her intelligence shines through so brightly. She’s not a trophy wife or someone content to stand in the background while her husband - who is only a world leader - gets all the attention. 

One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.

Michelle tends to be critiqued for what she’s wearing, but she’s more than just a pretty face. Her initiatives include supporting military families, as well as backing the arts, and her biggest campaign, Let’s Move!, promotes a healthier lifestyle for children. She’s also publicly announced that she’s in favour of same-sex marriages; in short, she’s shown her support for every type of person, regardless of age, race, gender, etc. 

And yes, she is something of a fashion icon - who doesn’t want to be able to rock a dress like her and have arms that toned? - but she’s also a role model. Not just for her initiatives, but also for the way she presents herself in public. She’s an example of a business/career woman who still understands the importance of family (side note: she and Barack are SO CUTE together, my gosh, I want them to read Where The Wild Things Are to me too) and, even in such a position of power and prominence, you can just tell she’s not above tough love when it comes to her daughters. 

With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their most important role models.

Michelle Obama is an amazing woman: she worked hard in school and had a law career before she even met the future president, and I have no doubt that she’ll continue to be an inspiration even when the Obamas leave the White House. Here’s to you, Michelle - I may not be part of your country, but I still appreciate you.