It’s safe to say we have a pretty cool First Lady of the United States, otherwise known as the FLOTUS. Whether she’s creating initiatives to encourage children to exercise, or making hilarious“Turn up” videos in response in Vine stars, Michelle Obama’s always doing something awesome. But what we really admire about the First Lady is her dedication to the Latino community. The FLOTUS acknowledges that Latinos are a large and growing part of the American population, and that we will have a tremendous impact on the future generations of America — making it vital that we have all of the support, resources and opportunities necessary to ensure a better future for generations to come. In honor of her birthday, we wanted to give her a shout out to the times Michelle Obama showed Latinos some serious love.
SHE CARES ABOUT YOUNG LATINOS HEALTH
The First Lady has been working to eliminate child obesity in the United States ever since Obama got into office. She’s encouraged children across the country to stay active with the “Let’s Move” campaign, and because obesity among Latino children is especially high, she created the“MiPlato” campaign. A program to educate Latino families about healthy eating.
HER CLOSET IS FILLED WITH LATINO DESIGNERS
In case you haven’t noticed, our First Lady is kind of a fashion icon. Michelle Obama has ditched the dull and durk uniform that former first ladies donned, favoring brighter, more stylish pieces. Where does all of this flair come from? Probably the three Latino designers that make up a majority of her closet. Narciso Rodriguez, Isabel Toledo and Maria Cornejo have all had the privilege of designing numerous pieces for the FLOTUS.
SHE REASSURE LATINO’S ABOUT IMMIGRATION REFORM
While President Obama worked tirelessly to enact immigration reform, the FLOTUS addressed the League of United Latin American Citizens in New York City and assured the Latino community, that Obama would not simply wait for Congress to take action, but rather do whatever it takes to enact change.
SHE’S GOT A LATINA #GIRLSQUAD
Have you ever had that moment when you start stalking someone else’s Instagram feed and realize you actually have like a lot of friends in common? This is exactly what happened when scrolled through Michelle Obama’s ‘gram. Turns out the FLOTUS hangs out with awesome Latinas like Jessica Alba, Gina Rodriguez, and Jennifer Lopez on the reg.
LATINO EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT TO HER
Michelle Obama has her eye on Latino students. Not only did she launch the “Reach Higher” campaign, an initiative that pushes low-income youth to go to college, she stresses the importance of Latinos finishing their education. During a LULAC convention in New York City, theFLOTUS stated that many young people in the Latino community aren’t fulfilling their potential by not pursuing higher education.
SHE WANTS US TO VOTE
During the 2012 elections, all of the candidates knew how important the Latino was. The difference is, the Obama Administration actually took the initiative and reached out to the Latino community. Michelle Obama sat down with Cuban-American talk show star, Cristina Saraleguiand shared why she felt it was so important for Latinos to vote.