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The beautiful First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, is visiting our national parks and making headlines once again for her fashion sense.

Or what some consider her lack thereof, in this case.

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Various Michelle Obama pictures show her in "short shorts" at Grand Canyon National Park. Calling them "short shorts," as some have, is a bit of a stretch.

They're really just shorts, which are, by definition, short.

Well, unless you're Kevin Federline.

Nevertheless, her choice to wear shorts at all is being criticized by some members of the media and public. Apparently some people feel this type of attire is a tad inappropriate, or at least too casual, for the First Lady. Do you agree?

Michelle Obama sports shorts to the Grand Canyon. Who can blame her, it's hot!

To be honest, we don't see why anyone would be critical. She's not going Jessica Simpson on us. Michelle Obama's shorts seem of appropriate length.

It's also Arizona. In August. You can't blame a woman for dressing for the weather. Perhaps the public is not used to a First Lady who's young and hip.

Michelle Obama's shorts are ...

 

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Whether she is accompanying her husband on official business to Moscow, Russia, or just walking across the White House lawn with daughters Malia and Sasha and dog Bo, Michelle Obama's fashion sense always seems so spot-on.

Here's the First Lady and her husband boarding a presidential aircraft:

Click to enlarge more Michelle Obama photos below. Some are from her trip with Barack to Russia, where she and her daughters brought a real touch of class (and cuteness!) to the Kremlin, while others were taken before the First Family left.

Don't you just love her outfits?

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During her recent trip to France with husband Barack and daughters Malia and Sasha, Michelle Obama got to enjoy a romantic date night in Paris along with the official and unofficial duties that come with being First Lady of the U.S. and a mom of two.

The style icon also debuted a number of new ensembles sure to get celebrity fashion followers abuzz. Here's one of many Michelle Obama photos taken during the First Family's stay in Europe. What do you think of this particular number?

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Tell us in our survey below ...

What do you think of Michelle's outfit?

 

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Her official title is First Lady of the United States, but Michelle Obama has also been called a one-woman stimulus plan for the fashion industry.

The cataloging of Mrs. Barack Obama's style selections choices - from $565 two-tone Lanvin sneakers to the black Michael Kors sheath and Peter Soronen corset she donned for a recent Time gala - has shown no sign of abating.

Along the way, those who produce the clothes, whether J. Crew or high-end designers (for which Michelle has shown a considerable penchant), have been catapulted into the limelight, with her triple-A-list exposure offering a boost to business.

“There has been a huge interest in special orders, which has helped maintain business in a gloomy time,” said Peter Soronen, whose pieces are sold through Ikram, a Chicago boutique owned by Ikram Goldman, the First Lady’s de facto stylist.

Soronen, who called his 11-year-old company “a semicouture house” because custom orders make up a large percentage of his business, was quick to point out that major retailers have not yet come knocking for his entire collection.

However, individual Michelle Obama fashion statements have elicited direct specialty boutique orders and, in some cases, requests for an entire new dress.

Continue reading this article in Women's Wear Daily, and click to enlarge some of Michelle's style choices that have made headlines in recent months ...

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As people across America fall in love with Michelle Obama fashion, it might seem odd to hear any negative critique about her always flawless appearance.

But for Iman, the 53-year-old supermodel and wife of David Bowie, the First Lady of the U.S. is more than a pretty face ... she's just not that beautiful.

Kendall Jenner Fashion

"Mrs. Obama is not a great beauty,” Iman tells Parade magazine. “But she is so interesting looking and so bright. That will always take you farther."

Thanks ... right?

Iman thinks First Lady Michelle Obama isn't that great looking - but hey, looks can be overrated, you know. Easy for a supermodel to say, but we digress.

"When you’re a great beauty, it’s always downhill for you," Iman explains. "If you’re someone like Mrs. Obama, you just get better with age.”

Hmm. We're still not sure if that's a compliment or not, but all we know is that if "going downhill" involves looking like Michelle, we'll take it.

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Okay, so Michelle Obama didn't personally compile this list for us, but the First Lady of the United States is certainly a celebrity style icon worth emulating!

Whether she's at black tie affairs or dressed down working in the White House garden or walking Bo the First Dog, she always looks just about perfect.

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You may never live in the White House, but here are 10 simple Michelle Obama fashion tips you can master to look great on practically any occasion:

1. Play Up Your Assets!

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First Lady Michelle Obama's first trip to New York City since her husband was elected President left audiences floored in more ways than one.

She drew raves at the Time 100 Most Influential People Awards at the Time Warner Center for both her stunning floor-length navy blue gown from high-end French designer Azzedine Alaia and her touching keynote address Tuesday.

Her hip pink sneakers did not make an appearance this time around, but that's probably a good thing. Here's Michelle's latest fashion statement:

This was just part of a busy, fashionable day for Michelle Obama, who also donned a Tracy Feith dress for a meet-and-greet at the U.S. mission to the UN.

The previous day, she looked casual, yet chic at a Hispanic Heritage event at the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School in D.C., worked in the garden, and dressed back up for a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House.

Oh, and she even made time for dinner with Oprah!

Here's a look more Michelle Obama pictures from this week, along with some highlights from the stylish First Couple's first months in the White House ...

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  • Michelle in the Garden

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As if her multi-colored cardigan collection, affinity for reasonable J.Crew outfits and endless supply of adorable Jimmy Choo heels weren't enough ...

... Michelle Obama now rocks sneakers?

Yesterday, the First Lady of the United States and member of People's 100 Most Beautiful list visited the Capital Area Food Bank in D.C., where she helped assemble more than 2,000 bags of food for hungry children. How nice.

But what was even more awesome was her fashion - Michelle wore a typical J.Crew sweater, natch, but paired them with gray sneaks with a pink toe. OMG!

Well, technically they're not sneakers, according to fashion experts, just shoes - really unexpected ones by Lanvin that cost $540 at Barneys, in fact.

So they might not sell out as quickly as some previous Michelle Obama fashion ensembles. But hey, still neat. What other First Lady could pull this off!

What do you think of Michelle's sneakers/shoes? Vote in our survey to voice your opinion, then click to enlarge more photos of the fashionable Mrs. O ...

 

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One is a role model, the other a fashion model.

One likes to bare arms (her own arms, that is).

Britney Spears, Plaid Shirt

The other - well, she's been known to bare it all.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni, wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, certainly have one thing in common - both are getting enormous attention as their famous husbands as world leaders meet this week in Europe.

So many heads of state and fashion icons in one place.

After their fashionable London visit, Michelle Obama and her husband Barack landed in Strasbourg, France today. Whisked from Air Force One to the city's Rohan Palace, the Obamas met the French President and his wife for the first time.

The two super-stylish first ladies were scheduled to have lunch today, with the celebrity gossip media set to burn a new hole in the ozone layer over France.

But who would win a fashion face-off among two of the world's most visible style icons? Tell us what you think in the informal survey below ...

Who has better style?

 

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Michelle Obama may be the First Lady of the United States, but the mother of two is still a fan of the (relatively) affordable fashion from J.Crew she lauded during her husband's campaign for the White House last year.

While across the pond in London for Thursday's G20 summit, she wore J.Crew head to toe on Wednesday - a pencil skirt, tank and cardigan ensemble from the store.

Total cost of Michelle Obama's outfit? $474. A sizable sum of cash, yes. But nowhere near Cindy McCain territory. And for a First Lady and celebrity with pretty much the whole world of couture to choose from, it's downright cheap.

Here's Michelle Obama in London today ...

Michelle Obama waves to fashion fans. Or just British citizens.

Click below to enlarge more Michelle Obama photos from her trip abroad. She had many outfits at her disposal - even changing aboard Air Force One - and looked terrific pretty much all the time. No wonder she's become such a style icon ...

Michelle Obama Biography

Barack and Michelle Obama Michelle Obama is the First Lady of the United States, and the wife of the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama. She is the... More »
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Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama
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