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Michelle Obama Covers Essence Magazine

Michelle Obama Covers Essence Magazine

Michelle Obama (in Talbot’s) and her mother, Marian Robinson, grace the May 2009 cover of Essence magazine.

The 45-year-old First Lady only had high praise for her mother, saying, “My mom is an incredibly intelligent and insightful person about life in general. From the time we could talk, she talked to us endlessly about any and everything with a level of openness and fearlessness that made us believe that we were bright enough to engage with an adult, that we were worthy enough to ask questions and to get really serious answers-and she did it with a level of humor. There were many times when we were in the midst of getting spanked or disciplined and she would start cracking up. She taught my brother and me not to take things so seriously; to work hard, but to learn to laugh at situations and laugh at yourself and then to move through it.”

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