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No Fur for the First Lady

On the heels of the news that fashionable French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy promised PETA that she no longer wears real fur, Michelle Obama has now announced that she, too, is officially fur-free. The duo, who have met twice in recent months, are widely regarded as two of the most fashion-conscious first ladies in history and have set the fashion world abuzz with their clothing choices.

No Fur for the First Lady

Photo courtesy of AP. These first ladies are saying No to Fur.
Photo courtesy of AP. These first ladies are saying No to Fur.

On the heels of the news that fashionable French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy promised PETA that she no longer wears real fur, Michelle Obama has now announced that she, too, is officially fur-free. The duo, who have met twice in recent months, are widely regarded as two of the most fashion-conscious first ladies in history and have set the fashion world abuzz with their clothing choices.

PETA had expressed concerns to Bruni-Sarkozy about photos that showed her wearing what appeared to be fur and wrote to the former supermodel asking her to donate the coats to PETA to give to the homeless. But Bruni-Sarkozy—who wore fur during her modeling heyday—assured the animal rights group that if the photos were recent, the fur was fake.

 "I do not wear, buy, or own fur," replied Bruni-Sarkozy in a letter to PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews. "Every designer who kindly lends me clothes for public appearances can tell you that I do not accept … fur pieces, even when they're only a small part of the outfit."

As news of Bruni-Sarkozy's fur-free policy broke yesterday, Michelle Obama's deputy press secretary, Semonti Mustaphi, also announced, "Mrs. Obama does not wear fur."

"For Michelle Obama, respecting animals is obviously part of the social progress that she and her husband are working so hard to promote," says Mathews. "By officially rejecting fur, these two style icons will make people everywhere see fur for what it is: old-fashioned and cruel."

 What do we think about the fur advocates forcing their fashion choices on the first ladies? More importantly, what do we think about these matching outfits? 

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I’m a Libra so I’m all about pretty things. We of the scales sign know what we like, and our standards are high.

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