The New York Times Style Magazine The Greats issue features cover stories on seven extraordinary people; US First Lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Junya Watanabe, Kerry James Marshall, Massimo Bottura, Zadie Smith and William Eggleston.
For The NY Times Style Magazine The Greats issue, Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote a thank you note to the First Lady, “she had the air of a woman who could balance a checkbook, and who knew a good deal when she saw it, and who would tell off whomever needed telling off.”
Feminist activist, organizer, and writer, Gloria Steinem told NY Times how “she managed to convey dignity and humor at the same time.” Jon Meacham described how both she and her husband “conducted themselves splendidly in the white house, managing the most difficult of tasks with apparent ease.”
“The important thing,” Jon Meacham writes, “is that Mrs. Obama, a clear-eyed lawyer, found a way to withstand the scrutiny of the spotlight. … To borrow a phrase from William Faulkner, she not only endured it; she prevailed over it.”
Rashida Jones said that she’ll “have her own legacy, separate from her husband’s. And it will be that she was the first lady to show women that they don’t have to choose. That it’s okay to be everything.”