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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