Probably with a similar goal in mind, she also flaunted a pretty pink dress by Tracy Reese on the national stage (the first time she wore the designer's work to such a notable event).
There are far fewer success stories about black designers when you look at the New York Fashion Week lineups, but Michelle Obama helped launch Reese into that conversation. According to The New York Times, Reese is arguably one of the most well-known black fashion designers today.
So, knowing that our media loves to focus on how a female politician looks instead of what they've accomplished, Michelle managed to sew political messages into the inevitable conversations about her wardrobe. Clever, Michelle, very clever.