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Michelle Obama Strikes a Pose for Vogue

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First Lady Michelle Obama poses for famed photographer Annie Leibovitz in a magenta dress by Jason Wu at the Hay-Adams …

While Barack Obama was on the campaign trail in his quest to become president, somewhere along the way his wife Michelle became a style icon. Now, the First Lady is gracing the cover of Vogue's March issue. According to the Washington Post, she's only the second first lady to do so! (Hillary Clinton was the first.)

In the feature, Obama opens up to Vogue's editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley about everything: from what she felt when her husband was elected president -- "I was proud as a wife, amazed as a citizen" -- to criticism of the cardigan she wore over her Narciso Rodriguez dress on that wonderful night. "I also have to be practical," she notes. "In the end, someone will always not like what you wear -- people just have different tastes. Some will think that a sweater was horrible, [but] I was cold; I needed that sweater."

The mother of two also discusses settling into Washington, D.C., her struggle to maintain a healthy balance between work and life, her upbringing on the South Side of Chicago, and what she personally intends to bring to the White House. "We learned in our household that there was nothing you couldn't talk about and that you found humor in even the toughest of times," she shares. "I want to bring that spirit of warmth, openness, and stability to my task."

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"It's inspiring to see our First Lady so serene and secure in her personal style," praises Vogue's editor, Anna …

Check out Michelle Obama's full interview on Style.com, the online home of Vogue.

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