Opinion: Michelle Obama is Vanity Fair’s “Best Dressed”

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Sorry Sarah Jessica Parker. Move over Angelina Jolie.

The winner of Vanity Fair’s 2008 International Best Dressed List isn’t a Hollywood hottie, it’s possible future First Lady Michelle Obama.

In a just-released slide show of the winners, the magazine’s editors praised Barack Obama’s wife’s sleek style, calling her ‘our commander-in-sheath.’


It’s not the first time Obama has been lauded for her fashion sense, but writer Amy Fine Collins says that her spot on the top of a list usually dominated by Hollywood celebrities is unprecedented.

‘It’s an election year so it’s very interesting that a lot of political figures have surfaced on this list,’ she said. ‘Politics are on people’s minds as much as fashion.’

Also on the list: Fellow political wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, James Bond actor Daniel Craig and British soccer star David Beckham.

Elizabeth Snead has a full analysis of the winners -- and the losers -- over at our Dish Rag blog.

-- Kate Linthicum