michelle_obama_beautiful_051809_mFirst Lady Michelle Obama graces the pages of the upcoming issue of People Magazine and for some reason all of the headlines I’ve seen about her chat center on whether or not she’ll ever have plastic surgery.

In the interview Mrs. Obama talks about her upcoming milestone birthday (she’s turning 50), aging, parenting, and what kind of woman she wants to be when she’s in her 70s and 80s.

Although her mention of Botox and plastic surgery is brief (and she only brings it up because she was asked), publications from the Washington Post and USA Today, to CBS News and Fox all have some version of “Michelle Obama Will Not Rule Out Plastic Surgery” as their lead-in to the write up about her interview.

So, what was Mrs. Obama’s answer on getting nipped and tucked? When asked if she’d ever go under the knife or get Botox, Mrs. Obama replied:

“Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves. Right now, I don’t imagine that I would go that route,” she said. “But I’ve learned to never say never.”

That’s it.

So…what’s the fuss about?

The headlines suggest Mrs. Obama—on eve of her 50th birthday—is considering putting a halt to the aging process. But what she’s really discussing in the interview is not how her face will look in a few years, but what kind of woman she wants to be.

And there’s the rub. While the media continues to scrutinize women, our appearance, and what we look like as Mother Time marches on, most of us are just trying to figure out who we want to be in 5, 10, or 20 years down the line. Which is exactly why I’m looking forward to reading People’s chat with Mrs. Obama.

In the article Mrs. Obama mentions that she’s looking forward to aging gracefully like her role model 80-year-old Cicely Tyson, and her 76-year-old mother Marian Robinson. Why? Because they’re completely comfortable in their skin.

“She speaks her mind,” Mrs. Obama says of her mother. “She does exactly what she wants to do every single day without apology. I’m not there yet, but I look forward to that.”

Mrs. Obama also muses about what she’ll do after 2017 when she and the President move out of the White House. As a lawyer, former hospital administrator, and the First Lady, opportunities will certainly pour in and it seems like Mrs. Obama won’t let them go to waste.

“I will be in my early fifties when I leave here and I have so much more that I should do,” the First Lady explained. “I don’t have the right to just sit on my talents or blessings.”

We agree.

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  • Nic

    Michelle Obama is a dark-skinned black lady. Judging by how flawless her skin looks right now at 50, I’d guess it will be another 40 years before she even has anything to touch.
    Although some black folks decide to follow the crowd and get plastic surgery, aging is not usually the issue. It’s usually people who don’t like their noses. Which is a shame.
    But yeah, black people don’t really wrinkle. Scarring is a mess if you have any kind of skin problems but lifts, tucks, and injections aren’t really required.

  • Child, Please

    I wonder if some white women (or white people in general) secretly look down on the fact that they’ve had work done (or had to have work done) and it turned out more Joan Rivers and less Janet Jackson.. And in that, they look for a reason to point to us and say “y’all do it, too” and Michelle Obama was their latest target. I thought her answer was reasonable, but I’m not sure the headlines fit what they were aiming for, but the point of them these days is to get us to read the story. Funny, though, I never thought plastic surgery and Michelle Obama would be a topic; it’s kind of weird to me!

  • I would have never guess she was about to be in her 50, she looks to be in her 30s.