Michelle Obama Covers Glamour December 2009

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First Lady Michelle Obama graces the cover of Glamour magazine’s annual Women of the Year issue. In the interview, Mrs. Obama opens up to CBS anchor Katie Couric about mentoring, her role models and dealing with her critics.

Here are some highlights:

Mentoring matters, especially for young women: “I think that mentoring is such a critical part of the role I can play in this position. I see how little bits of exposure and big bits of exposure really change my girls significantly, and I want that for more girls around the country and the world.”

The real role models aren’t movie stars–they’re the people you know: “They were the people in my life. My mom, for sure. My dad. The teachers. For me, role-modeling was immediate, it was touchable…Children connect with who is in their lives, present and accounted for…That’s why we’re trying to encourage moms, teachers, fathers, to be that presence in their children’s lives, in their communities, because it really makes a difference.”

When it comes to looks and style, set your own standards: “People are always going to have opinions, and people have a right to their opinions, particularly when you’re the First Lady; you’re representing the nation. So I can’t be surprised that people are interested. But I’ve tried to be at peace with the choices that I make first, and then be open to everyone else’s reflection.”

The First Lady’s full interview appears in the mag’s December 2009 issue, on newsstands next week.