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Washington Post Fashion Critic Robin Givhan's New Role

Renata Espinosa
March 24th, 2009 @ 12:21 AM - New York

Robin Givhan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and fashion columnist for The Washington Post, will soon be trading her New York life for one in Washington D.C. to cover the cultural and social aspects of the first family and the new administration and “and to put what they’re doing in the White House into a broader cultural context,” said Givhan on Monday, March 23, at the Savannah College of Art and Design Etoile Awards, where she was being honored with an award.

“It was something that the paper asked me if I’d be interested in doing and it just seemed like it was an opportunity that was too irresistible to pass up,” said Givhan. “It’s a historical moment, it’s a historical administration and I think that they’re one of the most interesting first couples that we’ve had in a really long time.”

“I’ll try to look at it from a cross-cultural point of view, from a political point of view, just from a really wide range of perspectives,” she continued, on how she will approach her coverage.

And will Givhan reveal what the First Family’s favorite reality TV show is as well?

“It could be anything from something as fun and lighthearted as that to talking about whether or not popular culture has really paved the way for the reality that we see now,” she said. “ think it will be a lot of fun.”

Already for The Washington Post Givhan has focused on Michelle Obama and her now-famous interest in American fashion designers and down-to-earth fashion sense, and has also discussed the mythology that has sprung up around the first lady. Will Givhan be charged with de-mythologizing her?

“I don’t know that I necessarily want to describe it as de-mythologizing her, but I do think that part of my job will be to write about her in a way that allows her to be a fully-fleshed out human being – someone who is extraordinary in many ways, but someone who also foibles, just like anyone else does,” said Givhan. “I do tend to think that sometimes the coverage of her has been so admiring, and a lot of that is justified, but I also think that you have to look at people in those positions as people first and not report on them as icons.”

She continued: “One of the things that I wanted to point out to people is that she’s also been criticized in ways that a lot of other First Ladies never were and in a way that I think has been quite personal and quite vicious. In some ways I understand the desire to leap to her defense. But at the same time, I think that people who have actual legitimate criticism or at least thoughtful criticism get shot down.”

Ghivan will continue to write her weekly Sunday column for the Washington Post as before, focusing on all aspects of fashion from the designers, to the shows to the trends.

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