As outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama gave her final speech before she leaves the White House, viewers took notice of her red dress, going so far as to call it a “red power dress.”
Michelle delivered her farewell speech at the White House Jan. 6. She wore a red dress by Cuban designer Narciso Rodriguez during the speech, who also made the red and black dress she wore on election night in 2008, according to USA Today.
Vanity Fair noted the significance of the color red for Michelle, as she’s reportedly chosen the color to wear on a number of important occasions. Her final speech was no exception.
Michelle paid special attention to young people in her remarks.
“So for all the young people in this room and who are watching, know that this country belongs to you. To all of you. From every background and walk of life. If you and your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition,” she said, according to USA Today.
Michelle also praised the efforts of staff in the education sector.
“As I end my time in the White House, I can think of no better message to send to our young people in my last official remarks as First Lady,” she added.
Michelle also delivered a message of hope.
“Our hope that if we work hard enough and believe in ourselves, then we can be whatever we dream, regardless of the limitations that others may place on us. The hope that when people see us for who we truly are, maybe, just maybe, they too will be inspired to rise to their best,” she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
She argued that this applied to everyone.
“If your family doesn’t have much money, I want you to remember that in this country, plenty of folks, including me and my husband, we started out with very little. But with a lot of hard work and a good education, anything is possible. Even becoming President. That’s what the American dream is all about,” she said, USA Today reported.
Michelle has regularly chosen Rodriguez’s designs throughout her eight years in the White House. She wore dresses designed by him to President Barack Obama’s first address to Congress in 2009 and his last State of the Union in 2016.
Michelle’s speech contained moments of emotion, all the way up to her concluding comments.
“Being your First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I made you proud,” she said.
Sources: USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair / Photo credit: ET Online