How Can We Reset Relations With Russia When U.S. Media Keeps Calling Their Women Fugly and Fashionless?

Read almost any story about the Obamas trip to Moscow, and you’d be hard pressed to find one that isn’t heaping praise on Michelle Obama while dismissively slapping Russian women in the face. Is this any way to improve relations between our nations?

“Look at how glamorous our First Lady is next to your… simple… women.”

Here’s an example from the AP: Mrs. Obama bringing glamor to Moscow this weekend


NY Daily News: From Moscow with Style

MSNBC: Michelle Obama bringing glamour to Moscow

You get the idea. Michelle Obama is Marsha Brady, and every other wife is Jan — according to the media. The insinuation is that glamour in Moscow didn’t exist until Michelle Obama brought it there like a Western settler who comes bearing smallpox vaccine for the natives.

Looking at the two pictures in the AP story, Svetlana Medvedev certainly doesn’t seem to be worse in the fashion sense than Michelle Obama. However, concerning the latter, it’s a little easier to gussy yourself up when you have over 20 taxpayer-supplied attendants.

Honestly though, I don’t understand where this media-manufactured gushing over Michelle Obama’s “fashion” and “glamour” comes from. I just don’t get it. Half the time she looks like a kid who’s been playing in her mother’s clothes hamper and wears flats like a Wellesley librarian, and the other half of the time she looks, well, somewhat normal, while wearing flats like a Wellesley librarian.

Here’s Michelle Obama in Moscow — the high-glamour the media writes about:


If wearing your waistline to your chin is glamorous, somebody owes your grandpa an apology for laughing at him for doing the same thing at the shuffleboard court.

Here’s another:


I saw Barbara Bush in something very similar once, and she was never lauded for her glamorous outfits.

From the G20 Summit:


If Laura Bush wore something like this she’d have been accused of stealing curtains from her hotel room in order to make a skirt.

Here’s the media’s pet fashionista in London last month:


Does it look like a Jo Ann Fabrics store barfed on her, or is it just me?

I’m about the furthest thing from a fashion and glamour expert you’ll find, but bad fashion, for me, is like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s definition of obsenity: I know it when I see it — and I see it in Michelle Obama. I don’t know what the media is looking at, but I have a feeling they pleasured themselves so much over Obama’s election that they’re now legally blind.

Besides, for me, glamour is more than just what’s worn, but who’s wearing it. No matter what I see Michelle Obama in, I think “Socialist Chic,” and that’s one style I’ll never get into.

Author: Doug Powers

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