Michelle Obama Covers ELLE’s December 2018 Issue in Dior

Posted on November 12, 2018

Michelle Obama covers the December 2018 issue of ELLE magazine photographed by Miller Mobley.




On Donald Trump’s birther claims: “In order for my children to have a normal life, even though they had security, they were in the world in a way that we weren’t. 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; to think that this person would not take into account that this was not a game—that’s something that I want the country to understand. I want the country to take this in, in a way I didn’t say out loud, but I am saying now. It was reckless, it put my family in danger, and it wasn’t true. And he knew it wasn’t true.”

On going to counseling with her husband: “It was about me exploring my sense of happiness. What clicked in me was that I need support and I need some from him. But I needed to figure out how to build my life in a way that works for me.”

On the pressure of being the first black family: “We felt the pressure from the minute we started to run. First of all, we had to convince our base that a black man could win. It wasn’t even winning over Iowa. We first had to win over black people. Because black people like my grandparents—they never believed this could happen. They wanted it for us. But their lives had told them, “No. Never.” Hillary was the safer bet for them, because she was known. Opening hearts up to the hope that America would put down its racism for a black man—I think that hurt too much. It wasn’t until Barack won Iowa that people thought, Okay. Maybe so.”


Style Credits:
Cover: Poplin Shirt, Pleated-voile Skirt and Leather Corset by Dior | Silver Hoop Earrings by Jennifer Fisher
Image 1 and 2: Stretch-satin Shirt and Pleated Culottes by Sally LaPointe | Tulle Bodysuit by Ann Demeulemeester | Diamond Earrings by Djula | Silver Cuff by Jennifer Fisher | Diamond ring by Kallati | Leather and Strass Sandals by Gianvito Rossi
Image 3: Stretch-cady Dress by Cushnie | Rhodium-plated Brass Earrings by Jenny Bird | Resin and silver Ring (right hand) by Dinosaur Designs
Image 4: Poplin Shirt, Pleated-voile Skirt and Leather Corset by Dior | Silver Hoop Earrings by Jennifer Fisher

[Photo Credit: Miller Mobley/ELLE Magazine]

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