Michelle Obama tops French Elle’s Best-Dressed List

First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObamas reportedly buying Martha's Vineyard mansion The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Obama explains decision to get into movie business: 'We all have a sacred story' MORE won top honors from French Elle magazine this week, coming in first in the category of “Politique Chic” in the magazine’s annual Best Dressed List.

Obama edged out France’s own first lady, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, as well as Her Royal Highness Princess Letizia of Spain and French Socialist leader Segolene Royal, to win the prize.


The magazine said it focused on bold style this year, noting, “Mrs. Obama resembles no one else. Her style is unique, and she encourages young designers.”

Elle also praised Obama for adding a new item to the classic first lady’s wardrobe: the cardigan sweater. “She has succeeded in imposing the waisted cardigan as official dress.”

Obama wasn’t the only American to garner accolades from the French high-fashion crowd. Actress Scarlett Johansson won the “Bombshell” category.