“When you’re a dad of two daughters, you notice more … the enormous pressure that young women are placed under in terms of looking a certain way. … And that pressure I think has historically always been harder on African-American women than just about any other women,” said Obama in a joint interview with Essence and Time Magazine.
He continued to say, “And the fact that [my daughters] have a tall, gorgeous mom who has some curves, and that their father appreciates, I think it’s helpful.”
The interview was done together with ballet dancer Misty Copeland. The responses came after a question asking Obama if whether as a father of two daughters he sees them facing a pressure to look a certain way.
“I do think the culture is changing for the younger generation a little bit more, ” said Obama. He added, “what white, Latino, and black children are seeing as representative as beauty is much broader than it was when I was a kid.”
Video: President Obama Speak on young women and body image