Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Essence of Lady M: She’s Black and Beautiful! WTF?

You’ve probably heard the exciting news about Lady M gracing the cover of the October issue of Essence. The only question in many people’s minds was “which nose would she be sporting?” Well the suspense is over: it’s nose # 3.1 – nearly the newest, although 3.2 is still in the beta mode.

Also on display, along with our famously toned guns will be all of the the other, ahem, “reimagined” enhancements: some real, some computer assisted.


New and improved since this PSA cover for AARP was shot


You may recall how disappointed we all were last December when the much anticipated Vogue cover shoot was cancelled. Well, now that we’ve made the big time, Lady M said that “Those people at Vogue can just go straight to hell!”


From the Essence article:

“My story to young people around this country and around the world is: Don’t look at me as the First Lady first; look at me as Michelle Obama, a girl who grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Because I was there, and this is attainable. There is no magic to this. It is hard work….”

Exactly! If you can get enough people working on HOPE and CHANGE for your husband’s campaign, the sky’s the limit!

In the article, “The Leading Lady,” she reflects on what she calls the “big, bright light” of her power as First Lady -- and she shares her mission to impart a critical message to young women: that where she is now is attainable with hard work.

At least I think she’s talking about the hard work on the campaign. It’s possible she’s referring to all of the personal “transformational” work she’s done herself.

She recounts her emotional trip to Africa, providing exclusive images for ESSENCE readers which document her various stops and what they meant to her personally.

Unfortunately, the Judicial Watch investigation into that trip may prove to be even more emotional than the trip itself.

Butt what really caught my eye when I was reading the Lady M piece was another article on the Essence website: 50 Reasons Black Women are Beautiful.

What struck me was how Lady M embodies so many of these 50 reasons herself. Here are just a few examples:

#8 “We play to win.” (Venus Williams)



Pretty self-explanatory.

#9 “We’re straight up.” (Janet Jackson)



With respect to the “black is beautiful”  meme: excuse me, butt hasn’t Janet Jackson had more work done to erase her beautiful black features than anyone other than her dearly departed and peculiarly distorted brother? 

And what’s up with the steroid-rage arms on these chicks?


#11 “We are creative beyond measure” (June Ambrose)


“creative beyond measure” for sure



Creativity ‘R Us

# 48 Cornrows accentuate our natural God-given beauty. (Cicely Tyson, 1973 before the braces.)



While Lady M doesn’t do corn rows (a bit passé) both she and Cicely do like to channel their inner Cindy Lou Who.


Oh, and Lady M also shares Cicely’s flare for jewelry:


#2 We love hard! Beyonce


Whatever that means. (Are those “slave” earrings she’s wearing!?) Anyway, Lady M is hard to love loves hard too.


# 23 Our faces can carry major lashes (Diana Ross)



As long as your lashes don’t extend further than your hairdo, you’re rockin’.

These two are still my favorites though:


#15 We break barriers every day (Josephine Baker)


It’s all in the wrist work: singing and dancing are optional.


# 29 We can be glam tomboys (Queen Latifah)


Maybe we went a little too far with the gangsta’ look? Butt It’s still a good look when you feel like throwing your weight around.


#40 We’re mentors, ready to guide a young person  Beyonce – again!

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Because she’s such a great role model for young girls.



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We all remember how Beyonce teamed up with Lady M to dance away kids’ fat behinds to the tune of her “Get me Bodied” hit (With modified lyrics of course since the original are rather, uh, adult.) Really, could you find two better role models for young girls?  They both embraced the American Dream in their own way. Of course Beyonce, not being as smart as Lady M, has to work a lot harder in order to have it all. Butt I’m sure she won’t mind having Big Guy and Lady M spread her wealth around – in order for them to live their American Dream.

Anyway there’s tons more reasons why Black is Beautiful, and most of them apply to Lady M so go check the rest out yourself. If you have absolutely nothing else to do.

H/T Fausta

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