Michelle Obama covers ELLE magazine's December 2018 issue ahead of the Nov. 13 release of her much-hyped memoir, Becoming.
In other photos, the mom-of-2 wears a black sheer satin shirt and pleated silver culottes by Sally LaPointe and a white dress by Ann Demeulemeester.
The wet look hairdo was styled by salon educator Yene Damtew.
Last week, Mrs. Obama shocked the world when she announced she used IVF to conceive her 2 daughters Malia, 20, and Sasha, 17.
Some observers speculate that Mrs. Obama opened up about IVF to coax her friend Beyonce Knowles into coming clean about using IVF and a surrogate to carry her daughter Blue Ivy, 6.
The following are excerpts from Michelle's exclusive sit down interview with media maven Oprah Winfrey.
On Donald Trump’s birther claims: "In order for my children to have a normal life, even though they had security, they were in the world in a way that we weren’t. To think that some crazed person might be ginned up to think my husband was a threat to the country’s security; and to know that my children, every day, had to go to a school, and soccer games, parties, and travel; to think that this person would not take into account that this was not a game—that’s something that I want the country to understand. I want the country to take this in, in a way I didn’t say out loud, but I am saying now. It was reckless, it put my family in danger, and it wasn’t true. And he knew it wasn’t true."
On going to counseling with her husband: "It was about me exploring my sense of happiness. What clicked in me was that I need support and I need some from him. But I needed to figure out how to build my life in a way that works for me."
On the pressure of being the first black family: "We felt the pressure from the minute we started to run. First of all, we had to convince our base that a black man could win. It wasn’t even winning over Iowa. We first had to win over black people. Because black people like my grandparents—they never believed this could happen. They wanted it for us. But their lives had told them, “No. Never.” Hillary was the safer bet for them, because she was known. Opening hearts up to the hope that America would put down its racism for a black man—I think that hurt too much. It wasn’t until Barack won Iowa that people thought, Okay. Maybe so."