America’s First Lady graced the cover of Time during the first year of her husband Barack Obama‘s presidency. The article was an in-depth look at how Mrs. Obama maintained her grace and poise in the face of bitter criticism of her and her husband. The piece also looked at how Michelle Obama was changing the face of the White House just by simply being the lady of the house.
When Aretha Franklin graced the cover of Time in 1968, it was truly a feat for a Black person, let alone a black woman. Franklin was having a banner year. She was the best-selling female artist of the year and her music had begun to shed the label of “Black Music.” In 1968, Aretha Franklin was truly crossing over into mainstream popularity. Her cover photo was an oil painting done by famed artist Boris Chaliapin. The original painting now rests comfortably in the Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery.
Gabby Douglas & Lolo Jones
When it came time for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games, you kept hearing two names for very different reasons. Gymnast Gabby Douglas was on everybody’s brain because she had the potential to be the first Black woman to win an individual gold medal for Team USA. On the other hand, Lolo Jones was hyped to be a great track and field star and yet she choked in most of her competitions. However, the two women each got their own special edition cover when Time was previewing the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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