In one of her last covers as a First Lady, Michelle Obama leaves The White House on an incredible high note, gracing the December 2016 issue of Vogue. And looking utterly flawless doing so.

 

In her third cover with the fashion bible, FLOTUS channeled her inner Goddess in a white Carolina Herrera gown, glowing neutral makeup and a little bit of bling. And folks were here for all of this gorgeousness:


And given the election results, this cover is the hope that folks have been craving:

During her interview, Mrs. Obama opened up about living in the White House for the past eight years and how she feels about leaving in a few months.

Looking out on the South Lawn and the Washington Monument and it had just rained and the grass was really green and everything popped a little bit more. It’s soooobeautiful. And for that moment I thought, I’m going to miss waking up to this, having access to this anytime I want,” says the Harvard educated lawyer.

But on the flip side . . . it’s time. I think our democracy has it exactly right: two terms, eight years. It’s enough. Because it’s important to have one foot in reality when you have access to this kind of power. The nature of living in the White House is isolating. And I think Barack and I—because we’re kind of stubborn—we’ve maintained some normalcy, mostly because of the age of our kids. I go out to dinner with my girlfriends; I go to Sasha’s games; Barack has coached a little basketball with Sasha’s team. But at the same time, when you can’t walk into CVS?

She also talked about her and President Obama’s legacy and the importance of being role models.

“Kids are watching us. I experience it every single day. They hang on my every word, what I wear, what I say. And it’s not just kids at Howard; it’s not just African-American kids. They are writing papers about us. They come to us and they’re like, ‘I dressed like you for Halloween.’” I let out a nervous chuckle, and she shoots me a look that says, True story. “Little blonde white girl. I’m like, ‘Really, sweetie?’ And she said, ‘Yes! And I looked just like you!’ And I’m like, ‘Of course you did! And you did such a great job!’”

She adds: “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.”

FLOTUS also revealed one of her biggest fashion secrets.

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,”” she admitted.

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?!” the mother of two added.

Reason #989 why we are going to miss her.

The December issue of Vogue hits newsstands on Nov. 22.

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