Thank you for the wonderful article on the First Lady and her work with girls in the Washington, DC area. As a former teacher in the southeast Washington neighborhood of Congress Heights, it has truly been such a value-add to watch the first family invest in this city again. The First Lady in particular has done so much to encourage young people in this area and has simultaneously helped the rest of the country rediscover the richness of DC. I am thankful to know that people might look upon the students with whom I work differently because the First Lady & President have shined such a positive light on them.
One of those students in particular bears mentioning. Patrice Haney, valedictorian of DC’s Anacostia High School Class of 2011, is the young lady featured in the photo hugging Mrs. Obama. I, too, am one of Patrice’s mentors, and was so thrilled to witness her moments with Mrs. Obama and the rest of the young women in the program through your story. I know that Patrice was incredibly blessed by being able to work with the First Lady and her staff, and grew tremendously during her time there. Though Patrice has come from difficult circumstances, she worked diligently to maintain an over 4.0 GPA throughout high school while juggling demanding athletic responsibilities and work. Patrice has earned many merit scholarships and is now a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University—where she earned a 3.6 GPA in her first semester. Patrice is an incredible young woman with great poise, dignity and an fantastically bright future. As we honor Mrs. Obama, I am glad took time in the article to honor Patrice and all of her incredible accomplishments as well.
Thank you, Mrs. Obama, for all that you have done and continue to do for deserving young women like Patrice, and world, Patrice Haney is ready to take you by storm!
--Brittany N. Packnett
I just finished reading Sandy Hingston's piece on The Scent of Three Women. I laughed and then I cried and cried. I could so totally relate to it. My mother is 94 years old (she would say young). All through my life and her's as far back as I can remember, she has worn and still wears Este Lauders "Youth Dew". It simply is her. She always received a gift set of perfume and powder from Dad every Christmas. I too when growing up and going out on special dates would sneak a little spray and feel grown up. I generally do not wear fragrences as my husband is bothered by them but, not to long ago we were going to a wedding and I felt the need to spritz on a little something. We were at my mothers house so naturally I spritzed on "Youth Dew". When my husband and i were dancing he stopped and looked at me and told me "You smell like you did when we were dating!". Now isn't that nice after being married for 40 years? Once my mother passes I know that everytime I smell that fragrance, I will be transported back in time and place to a spot where mom was young and so was I. Keep up the good work.
--Pat Crawford, Portsmouth, NH
The first thing I noticed about the February issue of More was the extensive photo image editing to Michelle Obama's photograph. The photographer, Peggy Sirota, is given credit, but why isn't credit given to the person who did the great "photoshopping" of Michelle's face?
My name is Mary Michels and I have been a long and loyal subscriber of MORE magazine. I've always enjoyed the the magazine for it's inspirational articles, celebrity bios, the shopping tips and hints and of course ALWAYS knowing what to wear season to season!
I had always admired this magazine as it never took an overt political stance... oh it clearly does have an undercurrent political slant but I usually overlooked that while enjoying "which shoes go better with what skirt"..... But when you featured Michele Obama on the cover a few years back as a "fashion icon", it disappointed me greatly as I had wondered then, why no other First Lady had ever graced your cover....... Shortly after that issue came out, I was out with two friends and both had told me that they had canceled their subscription to MORE as a protest of glorifying this woman and turning this pleasure reading into a political stand.