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Fashion Desginers Try To Size Up Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Composite

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Julia Turner of Slate's XX Factor blog took a look at Woman Wear Daily's slideshow of commissioned Michelle Obama inauguration gowns and asked: "Is it so hard to draw a woman with black skin?"

The fashion world is notoriously inhospitable to black women — if Michelle Obama lands the cover of Vogue, as has been rumored, she'll be one of the few black non-models ever to grace it — but these sketches suggest a discomfort with blackness that's truly startling.

Take a look, and tell us what you think.



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