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Michelle Obama's boots and dress by Balenciaga drew a lot of eyebrows. Given that Michelle Obama is well aware that whatever she wears will be highly scrutinized, this was no "faux pa" but rather a calculated move on her part. At risk, of course, is the image she carefully built over the eight years of the Obama presidency of being "thrifty" and less opulent, to her many supporters.
However, she is also an accomplished black woman, and because she is black, does that mean she is destined to wear only modest clothing, and stay away from the white women only "Melania Trump" daily fashion show? Michelle stepped into this "opulence" for the final day of her highly successful book tour...a day to celebrate. In doing so, she is sending a statement that successful black women do not have to "keep their place" in society but can step up and be glamourous for a day.
Oh and she probably drew more positive reviews than Melania Trump ever got in her high heel stilettos that she wears for every occasion. Donald Trump will not like that she stole the fashion show from Melania if only for one day.
In any case, I really do not care, do you?