ORIGINALLY POSTED ON FEBRUARY 24, 2013:
It is a law of nature: Any woman who becomes very famous can expect to eventually be compared to Princess Diana. Read more...
It was only a matter of time. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is (1) a woman and (2) famous, so naturally she was first compared to Princess Diana, and is now being compared to — you guessed it — Marie Antoinette.
Let them eat tapas? Mrs Obama faces holiday fury (link expired)
The right's comparison of Michelle Obama and Marie Antoinette is more astute than they realize
Carla Bruni (supermodel, singer, and wife of the president of France) is famous, and she's female. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know what that means:
She's just like Princess Diana!
(And, let's not forget, so is Michelle Obama.)
Prominent women are forever being compared to Princess Diana and/or Marie Antoinette, and right now it's apparently U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama's Diana moment.
U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is just like Princess Diana!
Well, really, who isn't (or wasn't)?
But wait. Isn't she just like Marie Antoinette, too? Most women in public life are, it seems. And some men, too. I wonder how Governor Palin feels about cake.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy recently spent his wedding night with former supermodel Carla Bruni at "the opulent Palace of Versailles… ensuring that his foreign bride would, as with all first ladies, spark comparisons with the ill-fated Marie Antoinette."
There is no shortage of articles and blog posts comparing Ms. Bruni to Marie Antoinette, including this one from novelist Catherine Delors: In the grand tradition of French royal mistresses: Marie-Antoinette, Sarkozy & Bruni
As it happens, Catherine Delors is the author of the forthcoming novel Mistress of the Revolution, which is set during the French Revolution.
"The difference between our attitudes toward Diana and Anna Nicole is the difference between dreaming and gawking." The Princess and the Playmate