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Barack & Michelle Essence Cover

It’s the picture-perfect ending to a historic run.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama grace the cover Essence magazine’s October issue, and it’s the stuff Black fairy tales are made of.

Michelle’s hand lay softly on Barack’s chest while he cradles the bend of her back. They’re happily smiling, happily in love.

In an exclusive interview with the publication, the first couple reflected on their legacy.

“For me, things like My Brother’s Keeper … that’s something I’m confident we’ll be continuing after we leave …” President Obama revealed.

For Michelle, it was inspiring Black youth with her and her husband’s presence in the White House.

“I think when it comes to Black kids, it means some­thing for them to have spent most of their life seeing the family in the White House look like them. It matters …” she said.

The always fashionable FLOTUS also covers Essence’s sister publication InStyle, where she discusses her style, influence, and the importance of motivating our Black girls.

Michelle Obama InStyle

Source: Thomas Whiteside / for InStyle

“Girls are going to move our country and our world to a place where there’s more peace, more prosperity, more possibility, because women raise the next generations again and again and again,” the 52-year-old mom of two said.

And because Michelle is a woman of her word, InStyle collaborated with fashion notables to release a limited-edition designer tote bag to benefit the Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn Fund in conjunction with the October issue. The collection will be available October 13 on

“Both Essence and InStyle recognize the resounding influence that the First Couple has had on so many facets of our society. We are delighted that President and Mrs. Obama chose these two powerhouse brands to share their passions and engage with a diverse combined audience of nearly 50 million,” Alan Murray, chief content officer of Time Inc. said in a press release.

Barack and Michelle’s story in the White House is coming to an end, but they’ll always be a staple in our hearts.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kwaku Alston, Instagram


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