First Lady Michelle Obama Gets The Cover For Glamour’s Women Of The Year Issue

Michelle Obama is doing her part to save the struggling magazine industry by appearing on the cover of Glamour for its December Women of the Year issue. Editor in chief Cindi Leive writes on Glamour’s website that the magazine is honoring the first lady’s “commitment to mentoring young women.” On the inside pages, Michelle is pictured with seven interns from the East Wing, and she gives women advice for reaching our goals:

“I was blessed throughout my entire career. I had people rooting for me. It started with my parents, but it extended to almost every teacher that I had. When I was a young lawyer, there were other women and men in the firm who took me under their wing. Look for those mentors, because sometimes mentors don’t find you — sometimes you seek them out. Oftentimes, they’re flattered and glad to lend a hand.”

And, even though the first lady always seems to be doing things for everybody but herself, she says looking out for yourself is important:

“I have always tried to put my kids first, and then … put myself a really close second, as opposed to fifth or seventh. One thing that I’ve learned from male role models is that they don’t hesitate to invest in themselves.”

The issue hits newsstands next week, and we’re excited to read the rest of Michelle’s interview with Katie Couric, who has a new column in the magazine. This is the first time a first lady has been pictured on Glamour’s cover in the magazine’s 70-year history. Do you think being photographed and interviewed for such a mainstream, non-news magazine hurts Michelle’s image at all? Or is she simply proving, once again, that she’s smart enough to appear in a red party dress on a women’s magazine cover, as well as influence change in Washington? [Glamour]