By Judy Kurtz - 09/20/12 06:25 PM EDT
Michelle Obama might not drive a minivan (the Secret Service would likely put the kibosh on that), but according to one author, she sure knows how to look good in one.
The first lady is one of the women included in former longtime US Weekly editor-in-chief Janice Min’s new book, “How to Look Hot in a Minivan: A Real Woman’s Guide to Losing Weight, Looking Great, and Dressing Chic in the Age of the Celebrity Mom.”
While Min — an admitted minivan driver herself — tells ITK she doubts Obama will ever be behind the wheel “with Cheetos strewn across the back” of one of the mom-friendly vehicles, she calls the White House resident “sort of a heroine among those of us who do drive minivans” for finding a sense of fashion later in life.
Obama is dubbed the “Mix Master” in the book, for her use of different colors and fabrics and for what Min describes as her knack for pairing high-end couture with items that could be from the clearance racks.
Now the editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, Min praises the East Wing occupant for her what she calls her “real-world approach to getting dressed in the morning,” writing, “that’s right, you will see Mrs. O wearing the same thing twice!”
The scribe says she wanted to include Obama in the guide book because even though designers may be at her beck and call, she doesn’t go “overboard” with looks that are straight off the runway.
“This is a woman who may be more comfortable wearing something from the Gap than she would something from Valentino,” says Min.
Obama has oft been noted for her sense of style. Vogue dubbed her “The First Lady the World’s Been Waiting For,” when she graced the cover of the fabled fashion mag in 2009.
“How to Look Hot in a Minivan” hits store shelves this week and Min says with a laugh although “Air Force One isn’t picking me up” to personally deliver a copy to Obama’s door, she’ll make sure her first book makes its way to the White House.