Michelle Obama Covers Vogue’s April Issue

16 March, 2013 All, Covers, Fashion, Top News

After weeks of heavy speculation, Michelle Obama’s absolutely stunning second Vogue cover has arrived! And of course FLOTUS is shot in a beautiful deep blue Reed Krakoff dress from her very own closet! The President also appears in a photograph alongside his wife, arm in arm in the Red Room. Vogue’s fashion editor Tonne Goodman and her team styled the First Lady, with direction from photographer Annie Leibovitz at the White House. Jonathan Van Meter interviewed the lovely Obama couple about fashion, parenting, and their marriage.

Check out the full cover story here!

Beyonce Reportedly Lip-Synched “The Star-Spangled Banner” At President Obama’s Inauguration

It has been reported that Beyonce decided to use a pre-recorded backing for her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” yesterday morning at President Obama’s inauguration.

Millions of people tuned in yesterday to watch President Obama’s inauguration ceremony, which began with a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” performed by superstar Beyonce. Her performance was praised by many people, blogs, and media outlets alike– however now it is reported that the singer was actually lip-synching.

This comes as a surprise as Beyonce is known for her strong and powerful voice, so why would she chose to lip-synch? The London Times reports that a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Band confirmed that Bey’s was going in over a pre-recorded version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The spokeswoman said it is “standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyoncé decided rather shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather than singing it live on the Capitol.”

This isn’t all that uncommon, at Obama’s first inauguration ceremony in 2009 Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and colleagues performed with a backing track, however this was because of cold and windy weather.

Although it has been rumored that the Marine Corps Band was also pretending to play their instruments, a representative for the Marine Corps Band told the Washingtonian that they were indeed performing live, even though Beyonce decided not to sing. “We don’t know why Beyonce decided to use prerecorded music,” the rep said. “All music [for inaugural ceremonies] is prerecorded as a matter of course, and that’s something we’ve done for years and years. The Marine Band did perform live throughout the ceremony but we received last-minute word that Beyonce wanted to use the recording.”

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Last night, America’s first African American President, Barack Obama was sworn into oath for the second time. Annex presents to you Monday’s trending tweets, the Obama family fashion frenzy, and performers from the Ball!

The Fashion

In the morning, Lady Obama arrived at the steps of the Capital wearing a navy blue checked coat by Thom Browne, a bejeweled J.Crew belt and patent pumps, with a bangin’ new haircut and her daughters following behind also notably wearing J.Crew and Kate Spade coats. In a matter of minutes, the J.Crew belt had sold out online with explosive needs for her daughters’ outfits as well (which were all purchased off-the-rack)!

Four years ago, the vibrant Mrs. Obama had chosen a delightful white gown, created by young American fashion designer, Jason Wu, who rose to fame after the Ball.

And here we thought maybe, just maybe, she might go WOO! (Wu) again! Annnd last night, our lovely First Lady made her fashionable appearance in a ruby red custom made halter gown with velvet accents by Jason Wu during the Inauguration Ball!

The Performers

Beyonce performed a flawless rendition of our National Anthem, Alicia Keys sang her own cover of “Girl on Fire” with the lyrics changed to “Obama’s on Fire,” and Jennifer Hudson sang an Al Green cover as the couple danced on stage. Many more flawless performances by renown artists were made throughout the day.

Here’s the full list (provided by Fox News Insider):

Commander-in-Chief’s Ball
Dan Moose (DJ)
Alicia Keys
Brad Paisley
Chris Cornell
Jamie Foxx
Jennifer Hudson
Marc Anthony

The Inaugural Ball, Halls A, B & C
D-Nice (DJ)
Alicia Keys
Brad Paisley
Glee cast
John Legend
Stevie Wonder

The Inaugural Ball, Halls D & E
Katy Perry
Black Violin
Far East Movement
Smokey Robinson

The Tweets

1.1 million inauguration related tweets were updated on Monday compared to the 82,000, during the President’s first inauguration!

Twitter reported that tweets peaked while Obama stated that “We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.”

And that’s a wrap! We hope that the next four years will be a four years of progression and change for our country. Fight on Obama!

Hottest Woman in the 21st Century: BEYONCE

Lensed by the infamous Terry Richardson and interviewed by GQ’s Amy Wallace, Beyonce’s latest shoot with one of the leading Men’s fashion magazine’s, GQ, is risque to say the least.  With the photos causing magor buzz on the net weeks before the issue even hit stands. All the buzz mounted initially due to the hyper-sexualized image Mrs. Knowles-Carter the new mother was putting fourth, definitely flaunting that flawless-yet controversial post-baby bod.

In the spread, Beyonce is shown doing a variety of poses donning clothing that just maybe about 2 sizes 2 small. While the taste level of the shoot is still up for questing we here at Annex choose to delve a little deeper. Because wether this is a ‘I’ve still got it’ shot or a dig at last months GQ cover girl Rihanna (who wins bar non – sex and bad girl things is just her steez, just look at her instagram).

While we will defintley give Bey here points for looking like one of the sexiest moms on the planet, she also gets a major fail for

allowing her stylist to place her in such overtly provocative clothing – or more like lack thereof. Beyonce is one a mother and two she has reeked of class and elegance ever since realizing her true power to effect and empower women as of late, these images are not of the same woman who was asked to sing for the president of the united states not only once, or twice but a third time. These aren’t images that Mr. Obama would allow his daughters to see, nor would she allow her daughter Blue to feast her eyes upon.

The overall point here  is that from Beyonce we expect more, mainly MORE CLOTHES…! Vogue and Annie please rectify Terry’s wrong doing…!



“They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.”

While this is no doubt the first stop on the mega train that is Bey’s PR schedule See soon to be Vogue cover,

Superbowl Performance, New Pepsi Deal, and most importantly for those longtime Queen Bey fans is the reuniting of her former girl group Destiny’s Child with the first of new music in almost 10 years, with new song Nuclear produced by The Neptunes frontman Pharelle.


 Check out more of Beyonce’s questionable spread for GQ below…


“That’s how I treat this. I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late. I see, ‘Oh God, that hair did not work.’ Or ‘I should never do that again.’ I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I’m always eager for new information.”

                            Read More of Queen Bey with GQ: Here