Michelle Obama Covers Essence Magazine

Michelle Obama

In the words of Charlie Sheen, Essence is winning.

In a teal Azede Jean-Pierre dress, the magazine snagged Michelle Obama for their August issue. An already big advocate for eduction (among other things) she makes sure she instills her teachings in her daughters first. Getting candid with the mag’s Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa K. Bush, she tells her.

“I know I tell my kids all the time that they shouldn’t shy away from difficult things, because that is the point at which you are really growing. It’s not just about grades or test scores. Today our kids may shy away from applying to college if they think they don’t have the right grade or test score. But the truth is that the kids who succeed and go on to be successful professionals are the ones who know how to work hard.”

FLOTUS also reconfirmed her matriarch role to her daughters, Sasha and Malia and instilling them with life lessons.

We talk about responsibility and accountability, about making sure that they’re not wasting the opportunities they’re given. We make sure they know how lucky they are and that, because of that, they have an obligation to have their acts together and to take their education very seriously.”

She reveals her lessons are for the bigger picture—making sure the plight of our ancestors wasn’t done in vain.

“We cannot waste the opportunity that we have here in America, especially as African-Americans. Our ancestors fought and bled and died so that we could go to school. And I still think about that.”

This is the latest of many glossy fronts, the First Lady covered. You can check her latest sit-down when their new issue hits stands on July 4th.

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