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First Lady Michelle Obama graces the cover of Essence magazine October issue with a revealing interview that highlights the First Lady’s commitment to women and girls around the world. For the annual October ‘Power Issue,’ First Lady Michelle Obama is also feted as one of the world’s most influential Black women on the magazine’s ‘2011 Power List.’

Check out some excerpts from the article below:

On needing her girlfriends:

“Women energize me. My husband is terrific. He is my true partner. Spending time with him is key…. But it’s also important for us as women to find each other. And there’s that natural reenergizing that happens when women get together. We kind of hold each other up.”

On finding balance and teaching it to her daughters:

“If we don’t have the energy, we can’t pass it on. I learned it from watching my own mother (Marian Robinson) not invest in herself, for example. She’s starting to do that. But she came from the tradition of family first. She wouldn’t even go to the hairdresser on a regular basis. I want to show my girls that it is perfectly fine to invest in yourself and to start to do it early, embrace it and not feel guilty about the time we put into ourselves.”

The October issue is available on newsstands as of September 12, 2011.

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