French Elle Thinks Michelle Obama Taught Black Women How To Dress—And Other MyBrownBaby Fresh Links

If French Elle fashion writer Nathalie Dolivo is to be believed—and she is not—African-Americans weren’t stylish until the Obama family came into office. “For the first time, the chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged [only] to its street wear codes,” writes Dolivo in a post translated from the magazine’s website titled ‘Black Fashion Power.’ And if this sweeping stereotyping and flat-out ignorance weren’t already off base, Dolivo goes on to explain why the so-called Obama renaissance of style is so “chic.” According to her assessment, it embraces “white codes” while still making what she calls “a bourgeois ethnic reference (a batik-printed turban/robe, a shell necklace, a ‘créole de rappeur’) reminiscent [of] the roots.” Pretty stupid, right? Yahoo Shine! reports.


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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


  1. Wow. That’s a very ignorant statement.

    Yes, Mrs. Obama can dress and to say the least, she has her own style.
    In Fashion today, the bright colors that have swept the runway I would believe has been influenced by African attire. Bright colors haven’t always been conservative. So thank her for that.

  2. Was hoping you’d blog about this today. I couldn’t wait to hear your take on it.
    I can’t believe the nerve! As if we were all wearing fubu and throwback jerseys until the Obama’s came into office…

  3. Good Lord that is so ignorant. I don’t even know what else to say! Miss “French Elle” needs so brush up on her fashion history in the black diaspora.

  4. good round up of the foolishness going on in our so-called “post-racial” world!

  5. Unfortunately, she isn’t the only one who believe such negative things about African-Americans. Will African-Americans ever gain equal footing in media?

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