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The Two Mrs. O

“I’m so honored to be here today,” said actress Robin Wright who plays First Lady Claire Underwood in House of Cards. “I’m nervous. I forgot who I’m talking about because I’m speaking before a room full of such impressive women and of course, yes, a few great men. There’s one women in particular who I’m excited to talk about today. In her guest editor letter for the July/August issue of MORE, she writes, ‘Before she gets behind any important initiative she asks herself 3 key questions: One, is this something that I’m truly passionate about, something that inspires me, or infuriates me. Can I have an impact here? Can I really move the needle? Will my work on this topic further my husband’s agenda for the Nation?’” Wright, of course, is referring to First Lady Michelle Obama who dons the July/August cover of MORE, which she also guest edited.

“Robin plays another kind of First Lady – Claire Underwood – a quite terrifying and power hungry politico who will stop at nothing to get what she wants,” Editor-in-Chief of MORE Magazine Lesley Jane Seymour said when introducing Wright at a luncheon in honor of the summer issue and the first annual Impact Awards at The Newseum. “She’s obviously the exact opposite of the real First Lady that we all know and love. In real life though, Robin Wright and Michelle Obama share common ground, a passion for empowering women in need. Five years ago, Robin traveled to the Eastern Congo with the Enough Project which investigates crimes against humanity in conflict areas. She met women who were victims of abuse and rape and she was moved to help. Last year she teamed up with her good friend designer, Karen Fowler. They launched an elegant sleepwear line, Pour Les Femmes, whose proceeds go to these women to help these victims get back on their feet. Robin is an award-winning actress, a true humanitarian, and proof that when you’re passionate about something you can make a real impact on the world.”