With her new book ‘Becoming’ dubbed the fastest-selling book of the season, our forever First Lady Michelle Obama has truly solidified herself as a beacon of strength, womanhood and entrepreneurial endeavor.
During her years in the White House alongside her husband and our forever President Barack Obama, her effortless sense of style and gracious demeanor shined a light on Black women that the world needed to see: she was a beautiful, brown-skinned woman who was educated, poised and could hold her own in a political landscape.
Obama’s style team was also keen to introduce key fashion trends via her immaculate wardrobe.
Who can forget her signature short-sleeve cardigans paired with a sheath dress and cinched together with a cute skinny belt, or her powerful pantsuits and signature jewelry. And the hair?! ALWAYS laid and slayed!
As our cover girl for this month, the 54-year-old beauty is rocking her natural curls and a stunning, all-white ensemble, giving us yet another reminder that her layered legacy also includes her evolution into a global style icon.
Need more proof? Scroll through our photos below and be sure to pick up your copy of this month’s ESSENCE!
Smile & Wave! She stunned in this mix-patterned dress and gold link belt!
US First Lady Michelle Obama waves upon her arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo on March 18, 2015. Michelle Obama arrived in Japan for a three-day visit, as part of a drive to promote girls' education around the world. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Tone-on-tone! Her earthy colored skirt suit was perfection.
US First Lady Michelle Obama waits to greet NATO leaders' spouses during an event at the Gary Comer Youth Center in Chicago on May 20, 2012. The center offers area youth educational and extracurricular actitives, as well as support to help prepare them to graduate from high school and pursue college. AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)
Yes, Waist! Her cinched-waist, belted dress moments were all the rage.
First Lady Michelle Obama holds an Obama/Biden campaign event with Grassroots Supporters in Miami Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images)
We stan a ruffled sleeve, army-green dress and classic pumps look.
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: First Lady Michelle Obama discusses Let Girls Learn At The American Magazine Media Conference at Grand Hyatt New York on February 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
Preach Queen! Her patterned dress moments always had us saying, Amen!
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: (L-R) Brooke Garber Neidich, First Lady Michelle Obama and Adam Weinberg attend the Whitney Museum Of American Art Dedication Ceremony at The Whitney Museum of American Art on April 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
She always arrived in style- wearing neon yellow and lace, no less!
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: First Lady Michelle Obama arrives at Stanstead airport for a visit to London on June 15, 2015 in London, England. The First Lady is travelling to London with her daughters, Malia and Sasha and her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, to continue a global tour promoting her Let Girls Learn Initiative. During the visit she will meet with students at a girl's school to discuss how the UK and U.S. are working together to expand girl's education around the world. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Double-denim jackets on a First Lady, yes please!
Michelle Obama is joined by students, stars, performing artists and athletes for the fifth annual College Signing Day, hosted by Reach Higher, at Temple Universitys Liacouras Center in North Philadelphia, on May 2, 2018. The Former First Lady is joined by 7.000 students and (on stage) stars, performing artists and athletes including Bradley Cooper, Rebel Wilson, Zendaya, Robert De Niro, Camila Cabello, Questlove, Anthony Mackie and Janelle Monae. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Hey girl, hey! Casual chic becomes her in this trench coat, white blouse and tailored pants ensemble.
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Michelle Obama leaves Upland restaurant on March 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Lavender love! Her dress-down moment was still chic in a cardigan, striped top, pants and sneakers.
(FILES): This November 1, 2008 file photo shows Michelle Obama, wife of then US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama, arriving on stage to introduce her husband during a rally at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Missouri. Elegant, passionate, a strong career woman and a devoted mom, Michelle Obama has already become a role model for an army of fans as she prepares to become the nation's first lady. AFP PHOTO / Files / Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Arms Out! The First Lady in this red dress was flawless.
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama attend the Inaugural Ball on January 21, 2013 in Washington, United States. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
A Queen! She was regal in this white draped gown and evening gloves.
LONDON - MAY 24: (L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, US President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on May 24, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Rota/Anwar Hussein/Getty Images) *
Inauguration Day Realness! Her winter coat and leather gloves sealed the deal.
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to supporters as they walk the inaugural parade route down Pennsylvania Avenue January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Obama took the oath of office earlier in the day during a ceremony on the west front of the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Who said a First Lady couldn't be avant-garde?! She surely didn't, in this metallic pleat and ruffled ensemble.
OSLO, NORWAY - DECEMBER 10: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama smile from behind bullet proof glass on the balcony of the Grand Hotel after waving to the crowds who had gathered outside for the traditional torchlight procession on December 10, 2009 in Oslo, Norway. Obama today accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, saying he is humbled by the award and receives it with an 'acute sense' of the cost of war. Photographer: (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Glow! She was regal in this royal blue, one-shoulder gown.
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES - 2010/05/19: The President & First Lady Michelle Obama wait to greet His Excellency Felipe Caldern Hinojosa, President of Mexico and Mrs. Margarita Zavala at the White House for a State Dinner. (Photo by Stephen J. Boitano/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Picture perfect! She looks great in real life AND on canvas.
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12: Former First Lady Michelle Obama stands next to her portrait as she and former President Barack Obama have their portraits unveiled at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery on Monday February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. The former President's portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley while the former First Lady's portrait was painted by Amy Sherald. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Dark florals were a mood on her!
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 02: Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States, honors the 2018 School Counselor of Year at a special celebration at The Kennedy Center on February 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
Silver surfer! These metallic pumps paired with a simple all-black outfit was very sleek.
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0600 -- Pictured: (l-r) First Lady Michelle Obama arrives to an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on January 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Issa Slay! This tailored denim pantsuit is a winner!
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 15: Michelle Obama surprises students and teachers at Para Los Niños on November 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images)
Stand Tall. Our forever First Lady wore column dresses like no other.
First Lady Michelle Obama listens as US President Barack Obama speaks during an event presenting the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize to Eduardo Souto de Moura, a 58 year old architect from Portugal, at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC, June 2, 2011. The annual award honors a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
C'mon fabric! Her stealth black layered tunic and pants gave us life!
NEW YORK - JUNE 17: Michelle Obama attends a fundraiser for husband Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) at designer Calvin Klein's home on June 17, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
Fresh & Clean! Her 'Becoming' book tour all-white moments proves how elegantly she can wear a monochromatic look from head-to-toe.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Michelle Obama attends NBC's "Today" Celebrates The International Day Of The Girl at Rockefeller Plaza on October 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/WireImage)