Michelle Obama, First Lady
Editions Plon, 258 pages, 19,90 euros
Michelle Obama, a new model
I’ve just about had enough of it-girls. At 32 years old, I find it increasingly difficult to identify with the groups of barely pubescent youngsters that are regularly served up to us. Every time I see a photo of one, I can’t help asking myself what she’s actually done to merit such attention. I’d prefer to hear about women who’ve had time to grow, to learn and to achieve.
In that context, the arrival on the scene of Michelle Obama is a breath of fresh air. For somebody like me, who can’t get enough of romantic life stories, she’s an ideal. An accomplished businesswoman with dozens of diplomas to her name, she’s one half of one of the most glamorous couples ever to have walked the earth. Born into a humble African-American family, her future wasn’t exactly cut out for her. She created her own destiny with grit and tenacity.
A biography of Michelle has just been translated into French. Last week I was able to interview its author, Liza Mundy, for a video we’ll soon show on L’Express Styles. Reading this particularly well-written book, then listening to Mundy talk about it, I quickly realized that Michelle is part of a new generation of Wonder Women.
In the 1980s, women staged a workplace revolution, determined to succeed in their careers no matter what it took. We needed those women to move things on, but now that role model’s time has passed. I don’t yet have any children, but I’m asking myself a lot of questions about how I’ll balance work and family life. I’m scared: I don’t want one to take precedence over the other. I want to succeed in both. And it’s precisely that desire that has guided Michelle Obama’s career choices. We can tell that it hasn’t been easy, that it’s often been a struggle and that it’s far from over, but her example is an inspiration.