US First Lady Michelle Obama’s expected arrival in Beijing on Thursday has naturally stirred up talk of a so-called “fashion face-off” between FLOTUS and her Chinese counterpart/beauty ambassador, Peng Liyuan.
When Peng made her debut as First Lady in the midst of foreign travels a year ago this month, her style and grace were praised by fans on social media who described her as the most fashionable and elegant first lady China had ever seen, and it didn’t take long for the Michelle Obama comparisons to start rolling in.
“The U.S. has Michelle (Obama), we have Peng Liyuan,” users gushed upon seeing photos of the former PLA member/songstress extraordinaire arm-in-arm with the comparably less-discussed, less-lovely Xi Jinping during her maiden foreign trip in Moscow.
Peng’s first few appearances helped launch fashion designer Ma Ke into the limelight and she became the unofficial face of Pehchaolin beauty products.
Obama will arrive in Beijing before traveling to Xi’an and Chengdu with daughters Sasha and Malia and her mother for a week-long tour of China which will include sightseeing and speeches (apparently it’s been made clear that no interviews are allowed). Peng will accompany her on a visit to a Beijing, a dinner and a performance, according to The Guardian. During her stay, Obama will focus on education and and cultural exchange, but that doesn’t stop the rest of the world (we’re feeding into it, we get it) from zoning in on much, much more important matters, such as the of brand shoes each of the first ladies will be donning. Cue Reuters TV:
[Image via People’s Daily]