As the Obamas prepare to move on from the White House, Michelle's legacy will extend far beyond her hair and fashion choices. The 52-year-old mother of two recently reflected on her job as first lady in the cover story for Vogue’s December issue.
"Everything we do is by choice," she said of the high-powered position. "I could have spent eight years doing anything, and at some level, it would have been fine. I could have focused on flowers. I could have focused on décor. I could have focused on entertainment. Because any first lady, rightfully, gets to define her role. There's no legislative authority; you're not elected. And that's a wonderful gift of freedom."
See more Michelle's stunning Vogue photo shoot in the video below.