Whether she wanted to or not, the moment her husband was elected president in 2008, Michelle Obama became a fashion icon. And for the last eight years, she has worn that mantle well, to say the least. Her fashion choices are always impeccable and she’s become so influential that she can elevate the career of up-and-coming designers simply by wearing one of their dresses, like she did last month at the state dinner for Singapore’s prime minister.
In an interview for the October issue of InStyle, the first time the magazine has featured a first lady on its cover, Obama discusses a range of topics, including her personal style. The way she tells it, she’s not necessarily most comfortable in the haute couture she’s often photographed wearing. Turns out, a more casual look is what she favors.
“Very casual. No makeup, a 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],” Obama said. “I love color and pieces that make me feel good, but it’s much more informal.”
Obama touched on some weightier issues as well, including the legacy of her Let Girls Learn initiative, which still has much to accomplish globally. “There are places in the world where families don’t believe that girls are worthy of an education,” she said. “They’ll save money and send their sons to school, but they believe that it’s more important for their girls to stay home, get married early, care for the chickens, cook, and clean.”
That wasn’t all — Obama hinted at what might be next for the first family and what she hopes for when they leave the White House in January.
Read the full story at InStyle.