President Obama Discusses Body Image With Misty Copeland

(Photo: TIME)

President Obama Discusses Body Image With Misty Copeland

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Published March 15, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama is not only a fashion icon, but she’s also a tall, gorgeous mom with curves, according to President Barack Obama.

In a TIME magazine interview, Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, alongside the POTUS discussed several topics concerning race and gender in the United States, including body image.

“That pressure I think has historically always been harder on African-American women than just about any other women,” President Obama said about women feeling pressured to look a certain way.

“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,” he continued.  

Copeland has been criticized for having a more athletic build compared to the traditional ballerina’s waft frame.

He applauded Copeland’s efforts to continuously break barriers and said that she’s been an inspiration for his daughters, Malia and Sasha.

On the other hand, their mother and President Obama’s displays of affection toward each other have also been inspiring and uplifting for the first daughters.

“The fact that they’ve got a tall, gorgeous mom who has some curves, and that their father appreciates, I think is helpful,” the POTUS said proudly. “I do think that culture’s changing for the younger generation a little bit more.” 

(Photo: TIME)

Written by Zayda Rivera


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