It may only be October, but Michelle Obama already seems to be in the holiday spirit, at least when it comes to posing for the festive-feeling December cover of Glamour.
Of course, her status as a fashionista has sometimes been open for debate, and that's something Mrs. Obama has come to expect.
"People are always going to have opinions, and people have a right to their opinions, particularly when you're the First Lady; you're representing the nation," she tells the mag. "So I can't be surprised that people are interested. But I've tried to be at peace with the choices that I make first, and then be open to everyone else's reflection."
One of her choices had nothing to do with clothes or accessories, but did lead to living in the White House. So what exactly did she seek out when it came to snagging the man who would be prez?
"Cute's good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it's, Who are you as a person?" she says. "Don't look at the bankbook or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul...When you're dating a man, you should always feel good...You shouldn't be in a relationship with somebody who doesn't make you completely happy and make you feel whole."
Check out more of Michelle Obama's sense of style in our Fashion Spotlight gallery.