Obama sat down with TIME Magazine for an interview about ‘body image’ and used it as an opportunity to praise Michelle’s ‘curves.’ Do you think he makes a good point? Or is Michelle Obama not the first person who comes to mind when you think of ‘body image’?
They have a shared history of multiracial families, being raised by single mothers and making it to the top position of their respective fields.
Now President Barack Obama and Prima Ballerina Misty Copeland are sharing a table, discussing their thoughts on women’s body image, affirmative action and growing up black in America.
Copeland, the first African American to be named the principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, has been breaking barriers in the ballet world with her athletic body type.
And Obama revealed during the TIME interview that it was the likes of Copeland and wife Michelle that were acting as role models for his daughters as they learn the pressures women face today to ‘look a certain way’.
‘That pressure I think is historically always been harder on African American women than just about any other women,’ he said.
‘But it’s part and parcel of a broader way in which we socialize and press women to constantly doubt themselves or define themselves in terms of a certain appearance.’
‘And so Michelle and I are always guarding against that. And the fact that they’ve got a tall gorgeous mom who has some curves, and that their father appreciates, I think is helpful,’ he added.
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