First Lady Michelle Obama is no stranger to gracing the covers of magazines, but her appearance on the cover of next month’s Better Homes and Gardens is a rare milestone.The magazine hasn’t put a public figure on its cover in more than four decades, and she’s now the first female public figure to make the cover.
The August issue features a smiling Michelle Obama sitting at a picnic table on the White House lawn. She’s wearing a blue and white floral dress and yellow sweater.She reveals in an interview that after moving into the White House she was not as active as she had been—and reveals her clothes began to get tight.
The Better Homes and Gardens story brings students from Harriet Tubman Elementary in Washington to the White House for a veggie-laden picnic lunch with the first lady. It’s complete with photos of chard and tips for helping children learn to love vegetables.
Mrs. Obama reveals in the interview:
“Ironically, her more constricted life has made it harder to follow her own advice about staying on the move. “I became more sedentary,” she admits. After her first year at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, she was surprised that her body had changed. “I realized that some clothes were getting tighter,” she says. “I didn’t know what was going on.” She has increased her time at the gym, and now banters with her husband–”I always tease him I’m in better shape than he is.” She laughs. “I can do longer workouts. He’s the President.” Their physically active lifestyle is also an implicit signal to their daughters. “Ultimately kids emulate what they see. You don’t have to make a lecture if you’re living it. We don’t talk about working out, we just do.”
Kudos to the First Lady!