Past ASN Conference Papers

“Michelle Obama has Not and is Not Going to Flout the White Standard of Beauty”

By Zen Liwen, Beijing Foreign Studies University, 2010

Zen Liwen’s report explores the white standard of beauty and defines it as a product of a patriarchal society in which African American women, and most white women, are consequently marginalized. By evaluating the First Lady’s physical appearance, political priorities and past beauty patterns, Zen concludes that Michelle Obama refuses to challenge the white standard of beauty or represent the needs of African American women in order to solicit male Caucasian votes.