Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama is on the December cover of Elle and has opened up in a remarkable interview with TV mogul Oprah Winfrey on life after the White House.
The 54-year-old mother-of-two posed for a stunning photo shoot for the fashion magazine, modeling an array of glamorous ensembles which included a white peasant skirt, shirt and corset, from the Dior resort 2019 collection.
She sat down for the interview with Oprah, 64, to promote her new book, ‘Becoming’, which will be published on Tuesday. During the interview, she discussed her whirlwind life in the White House, and how drastically things have changed since she and her family left.
According to Michelle, her family could not so much as open a window or make themselves a piece of toast without someone stepping in.
Oprah asked her about what she called ‘the toast story’ – a simple moment that Michelle uses to quantify just how much her world had been altered by the end of Barack’s presidency.
She recalled one of the first nights she was home alone with the family’s two dogs – Bo and Sunny – in their new home, and decided to make herself some toast, something she was never able to do in the White House, because there was ‘always somebody there’ to do it for her.
“…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 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.’
When pressed by Oprah about whether she was being serious about opening a window, Michelle insisted she was telling the truth, explaining that both of her daughters ‘tried to’ but they quickly ‘got the call’ from the Secret Service telling them to ‘shut the window’.
She also says that life was so hectic, she would often forget which countries she had visited during her many official trips abroad.
Michelle received part of a $65 million advance for her memoir, as part of a joint book deal with her husband, former president Barack Obama. While promoting her book, the mother-of-two has also spoken candidly about a number of very personal experiences, revealing that she suffered a miscarriage 20 years ago, and opening up about ‘having to do IVF’ in order to conceive her daughters Malia, now 20, and Sasha, now 17.
She has also spoken at great length about her struggles as First Lady, and how herself and the ex President Barrack Obama were able to strike a great balance despite the pressures of been in the White House through personal learning, and counselling, which she details in her book.