At Fashionista, we've not been shy about the looming sadness we've felt about Barack and Michelle Obama's impending departure from the White House — a sentiment that's only become more crushing this week. Since the First Lady took the stage on the evening of the President's inauguration in 2009 wearing a gown by Jason Wu — a moment that thrust the New York-based designer into the spotlight — we've meticulously covered her fashion choices, from the poppy Alexander McQueen number she chose back in 2011 to the custom Atelier Versace gown she wore to her final White House State Dinner last month. Not only is FLOTUS an advocate for change and an inspiration to us all, she's pretty damn stylish, which is why we're all pretty stoked to see that she's been honored with the December 2016 cover of Vogue, just ahead of her departure from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Photographed at home by Annie Leibovitz, Obama wears pieces by Carolina Herrera and Atelier Versace, styled by Tonne Goodman. This is Obama's third time sitting as Vogue's cover star: her first issue debuted in March 2009, with her second in April 2013. In the accompanying interview, Obama speaks on her well-documented fashion choices from the last eight years — which were sometimes considered "risky" — saying: "It all boils down to comfort level: If I'm going to make you comfortable, then I have to be comfortable first. So my first reaction isn't 'Who made this?' But 'Let's try it on. What does it look like? Oooh, that's cute. Oh, wow. I never thought of wearing something like this. Let's put a belt on it. I feel gooood in this.' There are definitely designers that I love, people I love to work with. And who they are as people matters. Are they good people? Do they treat their staff well? Do they treat my staff well? Are they young? Can I give them a boost? But! When all of that is equal ... is it cute?!"
She also talks candidly about her time in the White House, and her position as a role model for future generations — something that's affectionately earned her the title of "Mom-in-Chief" to many. "Kids are watching us, I experience it every single day. They hang on my every word, what I wear, what I say," she tells the magazine. "But that means something to me. Maybe because I still have kids and I know that they're influenced by people they look up to, but it makes us want to live right and do right and be right — Every. Single. Day — so that we don't ever disappoint these kids and they have something to hold on to, and so that they know — as I say all the time — I can do this. You can do this." BRB, crying.
You can read the full story over at Vogue.com right now. Mobama 2020.