You know how about halfway into any President’s tenure, someone releases a side-by-side photo of the man on inauguration day and the man two years later, and we all nod in agreement that being President really ages you? This cover makes me wonder if getting to move out of the White House does the opposite, and turns back the clock on a woman. Michelle is very youthful looking indeed, and always has been, but this version of her looks about twenty-three years old. Is it Photoshop? Is it just a great night cream? Who cares — I just want know how to get some of whatever it is. (Honestly? I think part of what makes her look so super-young here are the mega lashes she’s got going. They’re so lush! They make me want to get lash extensions immediately.)
The American Good Housekeeping just re-runs the interview that Michelle did with Oprah (which we already got in Elle), but the British version gets the more Meghan-Markle-ified version. (And frankly, I feel that we Americans also would have liked some Duchess Meghan, as she is one of us!)
“Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she’d have a life like this, and the pressure you feel – from yourself and from others – can sometimes feel like a lot,” she said.
“So my biggest piece of advice would be to take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything. I spent the first few months in the White House mainly worrying about my daughters, making sure they were off to a good start at school and making new friends before I launched into any more ambitious work. I think it’s okay – it’s good, even – to do that,” she continued.
That is excellent advice, and obviously Michelle seems like she’d be a great resource for support for Meghan, especially in terms of advice on dealing with intense press scrutiny and a hostile and often racist public, and being in a position where you can’t really just disappear whenever you feel overwhelmed. In fact, news broke today that she and Meghan recently met for the first time (though I think we all know they’ve seen each other via Harry’s Facetimes).
Omid Scobie has the scoop:
During her on-stage discussion, @MichelleObama spoke candidly to the audience about the negative attention she received as First Lady: “What happens to successful black women is that we become a caricature. We are demonised. We are angry, we are too loud, we are too everything.”
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) December 4, 2018
This is something that Michelle talks about a lot in Becoming, and it’s something that has to be on Meghan’s mind right now, given all the tabloid coverage she’s gotten recently — and it should, of course, be on everyone’s mind as we digest that. (I’ve heard that Meghan doesn’t read the tabloids, and she shouldn’t, but I think it would be hard to avoid them; Harry does read them, apparently, and at the very least, he probably comes in ranting to her about them. Stop reading The Sun, Harry.) I hope Meghan and Michelle really hit it off and go on to be supportive friends forever. (I also really want to know if the Obamas all got up in the middle of the night to watch the wedding, but in absence of any confirmation of that, I choose wholeheartedly to believe it.)
Here’s the UK cover:
Her face looks super still, but the positioning is a little awkward — she looks like she’s in the middle of changing the way she’s sitting — but what I’ve also learned from looking at this is that British Good Housekeeping is perhaps extremely relevant to my interests. I am VERY interested in Michelle and Meghan, AND onion chutneys, AND canapes to thrill!