President Barack Obama may have just revealed the secret to his long, happy marriage to first lady Michelle Obama. He loves her curves. Us Weekly reports that Obama revealed his admiration for Michelle’s feminine frame in a interview with TIME Magazine alongside famed ballerina, Misty Copeland.
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According to Us Weekly, a lot of the interview centered around body image and the pressure that women today feel to fit a certain body type. The president praised his wife for being a great role model to the Obama daughters, Malia and Sasha, in that respect.
“The fact that they’ve got a tall, gorgeous mom who has some curves, and that their father appreciates, I think is helpful,” Obama said.
The president admitted that he never really understood the pressures that women face until he had two daughters of his own.
“When you’re a dad of two daughters you notice more,” he explained. “When I was a kid, I didn’t realize … the enormous pressure that young women are placed under in terms of looking a certain way.”
But he did admit that things are changing as young women now have more diverse role models when it comes to beauty.
“I do think that culture’s changing for the younger generation a little bit more,” Obama shared. “You see Beyoncé or you see some of these pop stars and what both white, Latino [and] black children are seeing as representative of beauty is much broader than it was when I was a kid. You just didn’t see that much representation. And that’s healthy and that’s encouraging.”
Despite these changes, Obama admitted that body image issues are still a big deal for Malia and Sasha.
“I mean Malia [will] talk about black girl’s hair and will have much opinions of that. And she’s pretty opinionated about the fact that it costs a lot, it takes a long time, that sometimes girls can be just as tough on each other about how they’re supposed to look,” he said. “And so it’s, as a parent, that’s a constant learning process that you’re trying to hold the fort. And that’s why somebody like Misty ends up being so important.”
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But the Obama daughters didn’t look like they had any issues with their confidence when they accompanied their parents to the state dinner held for the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Both Malia and Sasha looked regal and poised as they donned dresses by Narciso Rodriguez for the occasion.
The Toronto Star reports that even Prime Minister Trudeau commented on how poised Sasha and Malia were and said it reminded him of how he grew up in the shadow of his father, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
“The memories for me of being a kid and not being old enough to attend these kinds of events with my father almost makes me wish I had gone through my teenage years as the child of a world leader,” said Trudeau, 44. “Almost.”
Sasha sat at a table with her aunt, President Obama’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, and her uncle, Konrad Ng. Malia, sat next to Grey’s Anatomy ctress Sandra Oh, who also happens to be Canadian.
“I admire you very much, both of you, for your extraordinary strength and your grace,” Trudeau said of the Obama girls.
During the interview featured in TIME Magazine, President Obama and Misty Copeland also talked about the pressures they’ve faced in order to maintain success, ABC News reports. Both President Obama and Misty Copeland have broken racial barriers in their respective fields. Misty is the first principal dancer of color to dance with The American Ballet Theatre.
“I feel like as I’m embarking on my first season as a principal dancer I’m experiencing something that I didn’t prepare myself for, I think emotionally and mentally and psychologically,” Copeland, 33, said. “When you have all of these expectations and goals to reach this point that 1 percent get to, you know how do you – what do you do when you get there?”
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