Michelle Obama covers the October 2011 issue of Essence magazine in a Barbara Tfank floral dress. The First Lady discusses her commitment to women and girls around the world and reflects on what she calls the “big, bright light” of her power as First Lady — and she shares her mission to impart a critical message to young women.
Mrs. Obama tells the mag: “My story to young people around this country and around the world is: Don’t look at me as the First Lady first; look at me as Michelle Obama, a girl who grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Because I was there, and this is attainable. There is no magic to this. It is hard work.”
The issue hits newsstands September 12th.