Michelle Obama ups glam quotient in daring $2,400 leather corset from Dior on magazine cover
Sitting down with an interview with Oprah recently, Michelle opened up about how much she is enjoying life in the real world, away from her former First Lady days
Michelle Obama is no more in the White House, and she's proving how much she enjoys her newfound freedom by posing for a very glamorous Elle cover shoot while wearing a series of daring and fashionable ensembles.
The 54-year-old, who is currently extremely busy doing interviews for her new book, 'Becoming', recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey and opened up about how much she is enjoying life in the "real world".
"...What I came to realize is that there was absolutely no time to reflect in the White House," she told the TV mogul. "We moved at such a breakneck pace from the moment we walked in those doors until the moment we left. It was day in and day out because we, Barack and I, really felt like we had an obligation to get a lot done." She added, "We were busy. I would forget on Tuesday what had happened on Monday. I forgot whole countries I visited, literally whole countries."
The former First Lady, who posed for Elle in a stunning $2,400 leather corset, $4,900 skirt, and a $1,350 blouse from fashion brand Dior, recalled a conversation she once had with a White House official, where she expressed her desire to visit Prague. However, she was ruefully reminded that she had already been there on one of her many official trips.
During the interview, Oprah asked Michelle about what she called "the toast story", where Michelle quantified how much her world had been altered by the end of her husband's presidency. She recalled one of the first nights she was home at the couple's $8.1 million house in Washington, D.C.'s exclusive Kalorama neighborhood, alone with their two dogs Bo and Sunny, and had to make toast for herself, a simple thing she never had had to do in the White House.
@MichelleObama says she will "never forgive" Donald Trump for spreading the birther conspiracy against #BarackObama. “For [Trump] it was a game,” she tells @oprah for ELLE’s December issue. “But the threats that you face as the commander in chief are real. To think that some crazed person might be ginned up to think my husband was a threat to the country’s security; and to know that my children, every day, had to go to a school, and soccer games, parties, and travel. It was reckless, it put my family in danger, and it wasn’t true." Link in bio for more from our cover story. ELLE December 2018 credits: Editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia Photographer: @millermobley Stylist: @meredithkoop Hair: @yenedamtew Makeup: @carlraymua Chief photography director: @alixbcampbell
"...I made myself toast. Cheese toast," she said. "Then I took my toast and I walked out into my backyard. I sat on the stoop, and there were dogs barking in the distance, and I realized Bo and Sunny had really never heard neighbor dogs. They’re like, 'What’s that?' And I’m like, 'Yep, we’re in the real world now, fellas.' As the first lady, you’re not alone much. There are people in the house always, there are men standing guard," she added. "There is a house full of SWAT people, and you can’t open your windows or walk outside without causing a fuss."
While speaking with Oprah, Michelle admitted that she knew what she was getting into when news of Barack becoming the president first started circulating and revealed how she was hesitant at first, thinking about the toll it would take on him, and their family. "Imagine having that burden. Could he, should he, would he? That happened when he wanted to run for state Senate, then Congress, then the U.S. Senate," she explained.
"...politics was ugly and nasty. I didn’t know that my husband’s temperament would mesh with that. And I didn’t want to see him in that environment." However, she later realized that it would be wrong on her part to let her husband's gifts go to waste over her insecurities, and that was when she decided to "take off her wife hat and put on her citizen hat" in order to support his presidency.
Michelle admitted that she didn't think the country was essentially "ready" for their first black president when Barack first started running for office, and she told Oprah that they "felt the pressure from the minute we started to run".
In her interview with Robin Roberts for Good Morning America, she told the anchor, "I think I did what a lot of black folks were doing. We were afraid to hope because it's hard to believe that the country that oppressed you could one day be led by you, you know? I mean, my grandparents, you know, lived through segregation. My grandfather, his grandfather was a slave, you know?"
"So this, these memories were real. And they didn't think the country was ready. And, and so my attitude was a reflection of that skepticism." When Oprah asked the former First Lady about how she coped initially with her husband's schedule, even before he became president, "Family dinners," Michelle answered, explaining that through these dinners, she ensured Barack made time for his family.
"That was one of the things I brought into the White House — that strict code of, You gotta catch up with us, dude. This is when we’re having dinner. Yes, you’re president, but you can bring your butt from the Oval Office and sit down and talk to your children."