Michelle Obama Bids Farewell to the Whitehouse on the Cover of VOGUE Magazine.Michelle Obama lands VOGUE cover number three as she bids farewell to the White House in editorial style. The emotional cover, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, features the first lady styled in a romantic looking Carolina Herrera dress alongside a sultry beauty look. Inside the Issue Michelle poses in a sophisticated assortment of evening wear from Atelier Versace. Albeit timing or something greater, the cover story possesses an intensely emotional aesthetic. It’s undeniable, Michelle Obama is one of the most successful first ladies in American history. Breaking barriers and stereotypes of race and class, Michelle has been able to achieve something truly remarkable. Along the way the self titled Mom in Chief has become a style and cultural icon. Inside her special Vogue issue Michelle Obama opens up and talks about her emotional journey to the White House and what it feels like to say goodbye. Michelle Obama Talks to Vogue About Being a Mom, Wife, and the First Lady: “I have to be in tune,Â All the time. I have to be in tune with my husband, where he is, how he’s feeling. I have to be in tune with where my family is. The same thing is true in the work that I do. It’s all about me feeling where people are. So that’s why I try to be really present, even when I’m on a rope line. I never take for granted my interactions with people. And it’s never black-and-white. I’m usually reading the crowd, reading the people that I’m with. I guess if this role has changed me, it’s improved my ability to do that. I’ve gotten better at sensing where people are at any given time.” Michelle Obama Talks to Vogue About Being A Role Model for Kids: “Kids are watching us, I experience it every single day. They hang on my every word, what I wear, what I say. And it’s not just kids at Howard; it’s not just African-American kids. They are writing papers about us. They come to us and they’re like, ‘I dressed like you for Halloween.’” I let out a nervous chuckle, and she shoots me a look that says, True story. “Little blonde white girl. I’m like, ‘Really, sweetie?’ And she said, ‘Yes! And I looked just like you!’ And I’m like, ‘Of course you did! And you did such a great job!’” ed me, it’s improved my ability to do that. I’ve gotten better at sensing where people are at any given time.” Michelle Obama Talks to Vogue About Fashion and Being A Style Icon: 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.’ 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?!” Michelle Obama Talks to Vogue About What it Feels Like to Say Goodbye to The White House: “You know, there are little . . . moments. Even today I was looking out at this view here.” She gestures to the windows. “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.” She recrosses her legs. “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. And I think Barack and I–because we’re kind of stubborn–we’ve maintained some normalcy, mostly because of the age of our kids. I go out to dinner with my girlfriends; I go to Sasha’s games; Barack has coached a little basketball with Sasha’s team. But at the same time, when you can’t walk into CVS? Michelle Obama Talks to Vogue About her Plans After She Leaves the White House: “I will take the same approach leaving as I did coming in,” she says. “I won’t know until I’m there. I’ve never been the former First Lady of the United States of America before. But I will always be engaged in some way in public service and public life. The minute I left my corporate-law firm to work for the city, I never looked back. I’ve always felt very alive using my gifts and talents to help other people. I sleep better at night. I’m happier. So we’ll look at the issues that I’ve been working on. The question is: How do I engage in those issues from a new platform? I can’t say right now, because we can’t spend that much time really doing the hard work of vetting offers or ideas or options because we’re still closing things out here.” She laughs. “We’re still in full implement mode. Doesn’t it feel that way? You’ve been with me for a month. Don’t feel like anyone’s lettin’ me slow down.” You can see Michelle Obama x Vogue on newsstands now and you can read more on the mag’s official site.
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