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Michelle Obama Covers 'Essence' October 2011

Michelle Obama Covers 'Essence' October 2011

Michelle Obama poses on the cover of Essence‘s October issue.

Here’s what the 47-year-old First Lady had to share with the mag:

On her emotional trip to Africa: “One of the most beautiful aspects of [it] was the fact that there were three generations of us there. It was me, my two little girls [Sasha and Malia] and my mom [Marian].”

On her message to young women: “My story to young people around this country and around the world is, don’t look at me as the First Lady first; look at me as Michelle Obama, a girl who grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Because I was there, and this is attainable.”

On the “big , bright light” of her power as First Lady: “What I try to do is … stand in front of things that are more important than me, and then that light not only shines on me but on everything around me.”

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