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Michelle Obama’s $2290 Dress She Wore to Meet Pope Francis Has Got People Talking



Pope Francis’ Tour of the United States has been a hot topic in global news headlines for the past couple of days.

An unexpected focus of some of the news has been the issue of what First Lady, Michelle Obama, wore to meet the iconic religious figure.

She wore a $2,290 Carolina Herrera dress, and some pundits have criticized her “extravagant” choice of attire, pointing out that she shouldn’t have worn it, as the pope frequently speaks against excessive capitalism.

In a nutshell, this excerpt from a Breitbart article encapsulates what critics are saying:

Reports state First Lady Michelle Obama, looked lovely and classy while greeting Pope Francis Tuesday while wearing a $2,290 dress. While the Obamas are not Catholics, this is still a finger-in-the-eye to a White House guest who frequently speaks out — to wild Democrat applause — about the evils of excessive capitalism…

According to WorldVision, you can feed a child for just $35  a month. Michelle Obama’s dress would feed over 80 children for that month. This choice obviously is contrary to the values of Pope Francis. But the Obamas’ religious values come from elsewhere, a divisive and disturbing place, not a charitable or unifying one.

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22:   First Lady Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia arrive to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis on his arrival from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as pope.  (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22:   First Lady Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia arrive to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis on his arrival from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as pope.  (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Michelle Obama Meets Pope 2

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22:  Pope Francis (C) is escorted by U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd R) and first lady Michelle Obama (R) as he greets and other political and Catholic church leaders after arriving from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as Pope.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


What are your thoughts on the dress?

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  1. whocares

    September 25, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    *sigh* she probably got that dress for free. Do people realise how much swag rich people get? And who truly gives a shit? To the extent that it is extravagant and collides with the Pope’s principle on excessive capitalism of course. And even if it cost that much, must we all now deprive ourselves of certain luxuries? SIs dressing extravagantly and helping the needy mutually exclusive?

    • Wale

      September 25, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      People keep forgetting that FLOTUS was an already accomplished woman just like our WOP, Aisha. It is their money, let them spend as they please. They is nothing extravagant about this lovely baby blue dress. To me I call it women empowerment. Jump off a bridge and die if you don’t respect their choice!

    • Tk

      September 26, 2015 at 8:14 am

      You mention Michelle and Aisha in the same sentence and I’m meant to read further?

    • KeepingItReal

      September 25, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      I quite agree with you

    • mtchewwwww

      September 27, 2015 at 1:47 am

      Seriously. These cry babies are the ones who will stomp on a homeless person to snap pics with a celeb. People dey yab as if the Obamas were not millionaires before entering the white house. They also forget that the president enjoys a generous six figure salary along with the first lady. Additionally, designers love to lend their dresses to known figures so they can get a shout out… they hardly give chit for free lol.

      Anyways, have any of these cry babies stopped to think of how much the pope’s visit itself dey cost tax payers? LMAO @ these values are different from Pope Francis. Abeg! The pope and his entourage no dey wear fake jewelries, so imagine how much all their foods, transportation fees, jewelries/accessories, clothes (which they changed few times) and so on costs. The pope resides on a luxury fully staffed and secured property. Everything in the Vatican from the cathedrals to the museums is worth billions. You can be assured that the pope eats the best food, retirement package, best medical treatment and everything else money can get and enjoys a fine quality of life. So no dey think for one second that he no dey jolly. Mschewww. If person wan do charity make dem go ahead and stop looking for who should donate or shouldn’t donate. Last time I checked, the Obamas are quite generous and philantropic so make these people carry their Obama resenting backsides and split.

  2. nike

    September 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    make den come ask mama peace how much she dey spend untop cloth or aisha buhari how much her watch cost * hiss*.

    • ATL's finest

      September 25, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      @ Nike thank U!!! It’s just $2290 why are they tripping??? Beside, that’s a plane ticket to some part of the world. Abeg she’s one of the simpliest First lady of U.S. A . that I have seen in a long time

  3. Olu

    September 25, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    It is a beautiful and simple dress…prefect for the event.

    That is all I have to say.

    • abiola

      September 26, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Please say the truth.Dress is TOO plain for that amount. Cut two yards of plain cotton,put a CR label and suddenly its perfect.Rubbish

    • Bj

      September 27, 2015 at 3:14 am

      So until they put blinks on it that when it will worth the amount abi? Pray poverty out of ur life

  4. Blondie

    September 25, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with the dress Abeg. She looks modest in it. Even her children are all covered up. People will always do what they know how to do best;Talk!

  5. Caligula

    September 25, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    The critics all need to get over it! She can wear whatever she wants, no matter how expensive it is. Enough humility & Modesty from the Obamas, it’s their last term in the White House so they need to ball out! GET. OVER. IT. Critics

  6. Mimi May

    September 25, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    What is the noise about what the FL is wearing? What matters is she was modest in her dressing.

  7. Cindy

    September 25, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Mtchew! And this is news because?

  8. fabulicious

    September 25, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    She’s been known to wear cheap clothes as well and I don’t remember people complementing her instead they were saying she acts like a cheapskate. So what is the big deal?Abeg make una leave this FLOTUS oooo. Make she dress well. The ones that criminals wear here in our midst, people dey complement.

    • fleur

      September 25, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      No be small. For the first time she no wear flower dress and dem no wan gree because she finally is bringing the sass. Make dem go jump from roof top.

  9. Mimi May

    September 25, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    …was wearing?

  10. anna

    September 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    they should be happy she wore just a 2k dollars least her hubby has been president for years,.buharis wife wore a 10k dollar watch on inuguration..after declaring 1 million naira..una dey complain. abeg!

  11. just saying

    September 25, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    if it were Buharis wife and daughter, they will use foundation and finish their face and even wear sunglasses on top sef. only zahra done cost 2000 pounds not dollars. so USA be grateful.

  12. Zoey

    September 25, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    at least , she is fully covered and looks elegant. I wonder what Kim kardashian would have worn. Clears throat ….

  13. amy

    September 25, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    The 2nd daughter is more prettier…. People should mind their biz abeg

    • Anon

      September 26, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Prettier* Pet peeve!

    • Bj

      September 27, 2015 at 3:17 am

      Real more prettier, oloyinbo repete.

  14. Mary

    September 25, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    The dress meets the cost, the young daughter looks awesome though…..

  15. Vics

    September 25, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    It’s a lovely dress, but I would like to ask the designer why did it cost so much. To me, it looks like a $50 dress. Ok, maybe becos its silk? But even then why is it so costly. It’s ordinary A line dress nothing special any good tailor can sew this na.

    If she wear $50 to greet d Pope, una still go complain. Na wah sef!

    • BlueEyed

      September 26, 2015 at 6:35 am

      @Vics the effortless ones are the ones that are difficult to make, because in simplicity lies special attention to detail. Secondly, it is Carolina Herrera darling.
      On this issue, FLOTUS looks amazing and she’s usually budget friendly but please she can go all out now, home girl deserves it! Plus people should also consider that she probably got it for free.

  16. Social media 9

    September 25, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I have come to realise that people will always talk negative no matter what. Despite being a first lady this woman would have been able to afford this dress first lady or not. She had a clearly decent salary prior to now.

  17. Leah

    September 25, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Outrage from the rightwing nut jobs, they always have something to complain about when it comes to The Obama Family.

  18. Nyla

    September 25, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Even if she did purchase the dress with her money (instead of getting it for free) her husband gets a $400k salary per year. Are they not supposed to spend it? She has her own money as well. Some people just like to talk sha.

  19. favour chidimma

    September 25, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I didn’t expect 1st lady to wear simply dress like dat she look great on it ,lovely no nonsense make up

    • ATL's finest

      September 26, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Lol what were U expecting her to wear? Bikini abi Buba & wrapper? She’s simple & that’s just her life.. Simplicity is the BEST! She’s just been herself

  20. Gidds

    September 25, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Why must we compare people? Saying the second daughter is ‘more prettier’ is absolutely unnecessary. It is comments like this that breed unhealthy competition. WOuld it not suffice to simply say ‘the young daughter looks awesome’ and leave it at that. No need dragging the older one into things. Just saying!

  21. KeepingItReal

    September 25, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    To each their own. You dont have wear rag to please POPE. Pope is a human being! Enough already with all these Pope this, Pope that. Every Christain is called to be a representative of Jesus Christ on earth. Let’s be mindful before we start Idolising the created instead of the creator.

    • abiola

      September 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Funny; but if its Papa Adebayo and co your panties will be all up in a bunch. GERARAHEREEEE!!!

  22. Jaj

    September 25, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Get a life people. She is the first lady of the most powerful country in the world. Get use to it.

  23. jane

    September 25, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Nuffn do d dress abg. See dia sml dutas of yest dn turn big pretty women

  24. prinog

    September 25, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    She’s all gorgeous. Period!

  25. Aso Oke

    September 25, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    People will talk, let them eat cake. I’m sure Lady O got the dress for free and she has a stylist. Do they expect her to start asking every time how much everything she gets cost?? In this new world of political correctness, people like to use it when it doesn’t fit their views and then complain when used against views they believe it.

  26. Mica

    September 25, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    people are so stupid and hypocritical….” you can feed a child for just $35 a month. Michelle Obama’s dress would feed over 80 children for that month”
    all these people criticizing, oya sell your clothes too…that your $50 shirt can also feed a day can make a difference. All you people that know how to spend and manage money, oya sell your cars and your fridge…or throw out your bed and replace with a mat. Since there are so many people on the street that can benefit from it.

    abeg i hate reading nonsense like this. If she wants to wear $1B dress leave her. its her damn money. she’s worked for it and she’s earned it. she’s not embezzling US funds to buy anything, its her bank account and she is free to do whatever she wants. im so mad at this rubbish lol

  27. sass

    September 25, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    While I think the flotus looks covered, that dress is so not worth even 200 dollars. And no the dress doesn’t flatter her figure at all.

  28. Iris

    September 25, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    I bet she didn’t pay for it. Noise over nothing.

  29. Las

    September 25, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Breibart is the source? Really? A well known racist anti-Obama site? Ahn ahn now…BN why now?

    Michelle can afford the dress, I don’t see a problem. Is she supposed to wear sackcloth because she is meeting the Pope? Anyway, the Pope’s robe probably costs more than her dress, as a full cardinal’s regalia runs into thousands of dollars 🙂

  30. Chuzi

    September 25, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    She has the right to wear decent dress whether its costly or not. This is not news though ….

  31. simplyme

    September 25, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    What is inside this dress na that makes it $2000 . name/brand…. Oh God please bless the works of my hand!

  32. simplyme

    September 25, 2015 at 9:50 pm


  33. noke

    September 25, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    if only they knew the worth of the robe the pope is wearing!! people should just leave the woman alone

  34. DivaDonAnnie

    September 26, 2015 at 2:07 am

    I personally like the dress. She looks really good and covered up in it. Wondered what people would have said if she wore a cleavage showing body hug dress…..

  35. no shaking

    September 26, 2015 at 2:51 am

    If you’re not happy with the dress, then f***!. She can wear off shoulder cloth if she want. She can’t pretend. Why are you stress and mind your own problem.,however She’s used to that type of clothes and she’s not a pretender like you. Critics

  36. momo karbo.

    September 26, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Barbarians at the gates.

    • Avante

      September 26, 2015 at 9:54 pm


  37. zee

    September 26, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Extravagance is wen kim kardashian bcoms d 1st lady!! Dis woman is too conservative n humble for des trash talk!

  38. cleo

    September 26, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Haba!!!! What is the noise about. It is just unnecessary how much it cost. It did serve it’s purpose, cover her well and very decent tooo. And it doesn’t cost much iny opinion. Celebrities wear more expensive things that are trashy, why aren’t they being called out. When she wore cheaper why wasn’t she called out. Leave her please. I love the dress.
    Outside the matter. The children look star struck by the Pope. I can imagine the feeling. I am not Catholic, but if I meet the Pope I will make so much noise about it

  39. moimoi

    September 26, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I wouldn’t waste my time with that article. Its clearly written with “white priviledge undertones”. you can practically hear their thoughts, “How dare she aspire to own/wear an expensive dress?!!!”
    They don’t care if she is the first lady, all they see is another”upitty balck person” !!!
    Laura bush( George Bush jnr’s wife) wore very expensive clothes from day one!!! All designer, all the time. rarely did she repeat like michelle. But no one ever questioned the expense. But how dare Mrs Obama wear anything that you cant buy in Target?!!! i bet if she wore a cheaper outfit they would say she is classless and shaming america!!!

  40. glorious

    September 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    swt pristine dress! no mata wat one does pple wil sigh and stil talk. if yu ask me i’d say “let dem say”

  41. Simply_mee

    September 26, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Even if she wore something cheaper or more expensive than that Ppl would still talk… They shld keep on running their mouth like her husband doesn’t get salary or they’ve never seen money until her husband became President abi mtchewww.. Abeg na dem know, they had better come and start calculating attires of Nigerian first ladies… $2300 is too much for a president’s wife, If I hear… Ride on FLOTUS jare

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