In one of her last covers as first lady this year, Michelle Obama leaves on a high note, gracing Vogue magazine for its December 2016 issue — and of course, she looks flawless.
Photographed by iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz, FLOTUS looks stunning in a white Carolina Herrera gown. And during her interview, Mrs. Obama opened up about what’s it been like the past eight years living in the White House and her thoughts on leaving it soon.
"Looking out on the South Lawn and the Washington Monument and it had just rained and the grass was really green and everything popped a little bit more. It’s soooo beautiful. And for that moment I thought, I’m going to miss waking up to this, having access to this anytime I want," the Harvard-educated lawyer told the magazine.
“But on the flip side ... it’s time. I think our democracy has it exactly right: two terms, eight years. It’s enough. Because it’s important to have one foot in reality when you have access to this kind of power. The nature of living in the White House is isolating," she admitted.
Let's not also forget that the soon to be First Lady is also a former Vogue cover girl. No further comment.
She also talked in depth about what an incredible responsibility it is to be a role model for young people.
"Kids are watching us, I experience it every single day. They hang on my every word, what I wear, what I say," she says.
"But that means something to me. Maybe because I still have kids and I know that they're influenced by people they look up to, but it makes us want to live right and do right and be right — Every. Single. Day — so that we don't ever disappoint these kids and they have something to hold on to, and so that they know — as I say all the time — I can do this. You can do this."
In addition, FLOTUS, who has been a fashion icon since she hit the campaign trail in 2007 for her hubby, President Obama, shared one of her biggest fashion secrets.
"It all boils down to comfort level: If I'm going to make you comfortable, then I have to be comfortable first. So my first reaction isn't 'Who made this?' But 'Let's try it on. What does it look like? Oooh, that's cute. Oh, wow. I never thought of wearing something like this. Let's put a belt on it. I feel gooood in this,''" Obama said.
The mother of two added, "There are definitely designers that I love, people I love to work with. And who they are as people matters. Are they good people? Do they treat their staff well? Do they treat my staff well? Are they young? Can I give them a boost? But! When all of that is equal ... is it cute?!"
(Swoon... We just love her so!)
Now, this isn’t FLOTUS’s first Vogue cover — she graced it once in March 2009 and a second time in April 2013.
Read her Vogue interview in its entirety here.
(Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
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