Michelle Obama’s Post-White House Fashion Is Proof Of How Liberated She Feels

While Michelle Obama’s entire Becoming book tour has been a delightful spectacle of fashion-forward outfits (Cushnie! Pyer Moss! Givenchy!), the former first lady’s wardrobe made quite a statement Wednesday on the final stop in Brooklyn. It was the thigh-high Balenciaga boots that signaled post-White House Michelle Obama, The Civilian, was finally relaxed after meticulously calculating her appearance for the last eight years. Eight years of scrutiny and policing that women who look like her are all too familiar with. This isn’t to discount the stunning $3,900 boots, which yes are very important, but so is the context of why Black women are cheering her on for wearing them.For Obama, becoming First Lady of the United States was about more than supporting her husband’s political ambition or developing her own platform. As the first black woman to hold the position, she had to be prepared for a particular type of attention to her every move.\"As a Black woman, too, I knew I’d be