First Lady Michelle Obama looked stunning in a dramatic ruby halter-top evening gown at the 2013 Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21.
The elegant chiffon and velvet dress, designed by Jason Wu, accentuated the First Lady's toned arms and back. Mrs. Obama wore one of Wu's designs (a one-shouldered white gown) to President Obama's first inauguration celebration back in 2009.
Michelle danced with her tuxedo-clad husband to Jennifer Hudson's rendition of the Al Green classic, "Let's Stay Together."
Obama, who enjoyed the inaugural lunch of steamed lobster and grilled bison hours earlier, looks fit and fabulous at 49, thanks to her daily early-morning workouts. The athletic 5-foot-11 Michelle is a fitness fanatic who works out daily and eats well.
Obama hits the White House gym between 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. every morning before her daughters wake up, doing a combination of cardio exercise, strength-training and plyometric moves.
"Barack and I work out every day," Michelle said. "When he isn’t traveling, that's the first thing we do. So we spend time together in the morning. I usually get to the gym before he does, but he is usually there either in the middle of my workout or right at the end."
The First Lady says her husband, President Barack Obama, is a fitness role model because he works out consistently no matter how busy he gets. The president plays basketball, lifts weights and does cardio exercise on the elliptical trainer or treadmill.
"I think the President serves as a good role model because as busy as he is, he exercises every day," she said. "It's a part of what keeps him going. You do get to a point where exercise becomes something that you need, like water. And we try to promote that."