So basically, her fans instituted a letter-writing campaign to get her on a magazine. Unless one is a mega star like Brad Pitt or Matt Damon, that seems to be the best way to get a publication's attention. It's all about PR and who would help sell magazines anyway. Look at those New York Magazine's Best Doctor's of NYC. That's all the work of a publicist unless someone did something incredibly ground-breaking.
I work with celebrities and can tell you People's Most Beautiful (and Sexiest Man/Woman Alive) issues are completely agenda-driven. They are total PR campaigns.
People also has historically had a hard time featuring minorities in these issues (they ALWAYS go to their standbys Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez).
Rabid fan letter writing or not, Michelle had accomplishments, was the biggest name in the sport, was a minority, etc. She checked many boxes.
I don't know what the big deal is...it's not like she landed the cover or anything.
For what it's worth, I think Tara and Michelle grew into their looks and both are pretty.
I also think Sarah Hughes grew into quite a lovely young lady (That makes me sound so old and she's only less than a year younger than me, haha). Her longer brown hair is so much better for her than her Robin Wagner look.
I just called it the Robin Wagner look because her hair cut and color was getting closer to Robin's style than Hughes. I know Billing had total control over her Olympic look, but I remember reading that going to Billings was Wagner's idea.
Does he still design and style skaters?
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"Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode
Has Robin Wagner had any successful skaters besides Sarah? I am not counting her blip with Sasha in 2004, as she in no way either helped to make Sasha, nor visibly that I can see helped to improve her in their brief time together. I would have credited her if Sasha won the 04 Nationals and/or Worlds under Wagner, hadnt had a now stripped down/weaker Swan Lake under Wagner, or had she stayed with her more than a quarter of a season, but none of this occured.
Fontana made her comeback under Wagner and qualified for the Olympics beating out Marchei, so I guess that semi counts as something.
I saw some good things about her skating and even at times competitive progress in her second stint with Nicks too. Too bad she was injured most of the 04-05 and 05-06 seasons. Wagner was never more than a brief stopover until she decided on her next real coach after she decided to leave Tarasova.
Wagner's biggest skill seems to be self-congratulation. She is smarter than many others, but her skill as a choreographer is zero, and I don't know if she has ever reconciled with the Hughes.
I think the reason Nicks doesn't get as much credit is that in the beginning of Sasha's career, her choreography wasn't the best and her skating skills and ice coverage did leave a lot to be desired. Tarasova really helped in those respects and Sasha became the skater who was able to beat a totally on and technically outstanding Irina Slutskaya at the 2006 Olympics SP. Yes it was by hundredths of a point but the old Sasha may not have been able to do that. IMO, Sasha really improved in the period from 2003 to 2004. So her improvements as a skater was noted during the Tarasova period and already existed when she came back to him. As for her routines, she already had that Dark Eyes SP under Tarasova. People also knew her Romeo and Juliet was done by David Wilson. I think at the time, most people were happy to see her back in the West Coast where she said she was happiest and with Nicks because he knew how to deal with her.