BODY POLITIC

Michelle Ignites Arms Race

According to the Irish times, the new First Lady has sparked an arms race, and not in the Cold War sense. We're talking biceps. While most of the praise has been heaped on Mrs. Obama's sartorial choices this week, journalist Kate Holmquist asks, "...What about those arms? Muscled, curvy, brown and—dare I say—sexy." Considering Mrs. Obama's biceps are bare--not to mention front and center—on the latest issue of Vogue, the question seems a relevant one. Will lifting freeweights (while shopping online for new J. Crew duds) become the hot new aspirational activity?