The December issue of Vogue arrives with first lady Michelle Obama for the third and final time.
Photographed at home by Annie Leibovitz, Obama wears pieces by Carolina Herrera and Atelier Versace, and Monique Péan earrings styled by Tonne Goodman.
In the accompanying article, Michelle said: “I could have spent eight years doing anything, and at some level, it would have been fine,” she told the magazine. “I could have focused on flowers. I could have focused on decor. I could have focused on entertainment. Because any first lady, rightfully, gets to define her role. There’s no legislative authority; you’re not elected. And that’s a wonderful gift of freedom.”
About her fashion choices she said: "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?!"
As for what life will be like post-White House, she tells: “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.”