I hate to say it, but First Lady Michelle Obama's days in the White House are numbered. She's spent the last eight months of 2016 taking full advantage of that 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. address and all that it has granted her — delivering the speech of her life at the 2016 DNC, taking a historic state visit to Cuba, wearing Givenchy at her final White House Correspondents' Dinner in office, performing a stirring rendition of "Get Ur Freak On" in a car with James Corden — and now, she's taking on the publishing world.
Late on Wednesday, InStyle and Essence revealed the covers for their respective October 2016 issues, both of which star the First Lady. She covers InStyle alone, pictured above, photographed by Thomas Whiteside and wearing one of her new favorite American designers, Brandon Maxwell. It's only the second time she's worn Maxwell formally, but we have an inkling that his designs will continue to crop up in these last four months.
Both the First Lady and President Barack Obama front Essence's special collector's issue together. Inside, the couple discusses their last eight years in the White House, the state of the nation today, and the legacy they hope to leave behind. Said President Obama: "…I can unequivocally say that America is better off now than we were when we came into office. By almost every economic measure, we're better off. But having said that, we still have a lot of work to do."
I should also note that everyone is freaking out over this shot from their cover shoot. Understandably.
The First Couple also secured a position in the 2016 edition of Vanity Fair's annual International Best-Dressed List, revealed on Thursday. Vanity Fair special correspondent Amy Fine Collins stated in a press release that FLOTUS is "one of the great fashion leaders in spite of herself," adding that Jason Wu, Thom Browne and "all these designers who were rather obscure and young became important in the fashion industry because of Michelle giving them a boost." Of POTUS, Collins said: "He, of course, has the perfect frame for men's clothing."
Vanity Fair also noted that its Best-Dressed committee wanted to send the couple out together. "Glamour and elegance and eloquence — it's all projected in the way they dress," Collins said.