This upcoming Friday, our first lady, Michelle Obama, will turn 50 years old. And she only spoke to one media outlet about her thoughts on the occasion: People Magazine. You know, in our society 50 is seen as the beginning of the decline so People made sure to ask her questions about aging. And when you speak to women about aging, it’s always couched around preserving physical beauty. So in addition to asking Mrs. Obama about her workout routine, they inquired about her thoughts on plastic surgery. The Associated Press obtained quotes from the interview, which will be on newsstands Friday. Here’s what Michelle had to say:
“Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves. Right now, I don’t imagine that I would go that route, but I’ve also learned to never say never.”
True story. Essentially, she doesn’t want it but you never know. Though Jezebel took a bit of issue with Mrs. Obama’s comments and People for having the gall to ask a woman in her position about it. As if all women in her age range are preoccupied with looking 30 at 60. They even mentioned the dangers of botox.
I get it, society still has some work to do when it comes to their objectification of women. But really, what is the right way to answer this question? If she keeps it all the way real and says, “Look at my momma! Ya’ll know black don’t crack.” She would have insulted every woman whose opted to nip and tuck her face–black and white alike.
If she appears too gung ho about the prospect, then folks will jump on her for not loving herself or promoting surgery over self love and acceptance. You can’t please everybody. But leave it to Auntie ‘Chelle to avoid the minefield that was that question. She said I’m good with me but do you and if I need or want to touch up in the future, ya’ll won’t be able to call me a hypocrite.
But that’s not all she had to say. She also spoke about eating habits, exercise, reaching her peak and what she’ll do once her husband, President Obama, is out of the White House.
“I don’t obsess about what I eat, but I do make sure that I’m eating vegetables and fruit,” added Mrs. Obama. “And as everyone knows, I do exercise.”
“I’m seeing myself shift from weight-bearing stuff – even though that continues to be important – and the heavy cardio and running, to things like yoga that will keep me flexible.”
Reaching her peak
People asked Mrs. Obama if she had reached her peak at this point in her life. (What did I tell you about people thinking it’s all over after 50?) She joked that being first lady is “pretty high up” but also said that she feels her life is “ever-evolving.” She’s not one to rest on her laurels and even went as far to say tat she doesn’t have the right to “just sit on my talents or blessings.”
After the White House
“I’ve got to keep figuring out ways to have an impact, whether as a mother or as a professional or as a mentor to other kids.”
She noted that daughter Malia, now 15, will be in college when they leave the White House in January 2017. And Sasha, who is just 12 now, won’t be far behind.
“At that point in life, whoa, the sky is the limit.”
How do you think Michelle handled the plastic surgery question? And what would you like to see her do after her family leaves the White House?