Michelle and Barack Obama and are just months away from leaving the White House after eight years. During that time, we’ve followed along as Michelle Obama transformed into a first lady fashion icon, wearing labels like Naeem Khan and Brandon Maxwell on the regular; we’ve seen her experiment with her beauty routines more than ever before; and we’ve watched the couple’s daughters grow into trend-setting teenagers.
So before they walk out those famed front doors for the last time, one of the most fashion-forward and social media-savvy couples in White House history is trying to make history in another way, by covering not one but two major magazines’ October issues — together on the cover of Essence and Michelle solo on the cover of InStyle — and we have a sneak peek.
In her interview with InStyle, FLOTUS talks everything from her Let Girls Learn initiative to her fashion sense. And although her clothes regularly sell out the moment she wears them, Obama says she’s not as concerned with keeping up with the latest styles as you might think.
“I tend not to worry about the trends, because what works for an 18-year-old selfie queen may not for a 52-year-old First Lady who is a mom of teenagers she is trying to be a good role model for,” she tells InStyle about her sartorial choices.
And she keeps things low-key when she’s not making state appearances; the First Lady says her off-duty style is “Very casual. No makeup, no T-shirt, and a pair of ripped jean shorts or workout pants because I’m always on the verge of going to or coming from [working out]. I love color and pieces that make me feel good, but it’s much more informal.”
In the interview, the first lady also discusses her social media presence, which includes Snapchat as well as Twitter and Instagram.
“We can fool ourselves into thinking that everybody is still watching the evening news, but I live with Generation Z, and I know that their habits, the way they take in information in is so different. And they’ve changed… We’ve got to meet our constituents where they are, and they’re on Snapchat.”