Michelle Obama wears natural curls on new cover of Essence
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Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama: Cummings showed us 'the importance of checks and balances' Poll shows Michelle Obama would lead in New Hampshire if she entered 2020 Democratic race Obamas' first Netflix project nominated for Critics' Choice Documentary Awards MORE can be seen gracing the cover of Essence magazine's upcoming issue sporting her natural curls.

The magazine cover appears to be the first time the former first lady wore her natural hair for a cover of a major publication, other outlets have noted.


The cover for Essence magazine, a publication that has revolved around the black woman experience since 1970, will be for the publication’s December/January issue.

“Only @Essence would have our forever First Lady @MichelleObama on the cover, in her full natural hair glory, snapping her fingers, talking about real love,” Joi-Marie McKenzie, a senior entertainment editor at the magazine, said on Twitter.

In the coming issue, the former first lady reflects on her days in the White House and balancing family life and a career.

The news arrives as Obama continues to promote her new memoir, "Becoming."

The former first lady kicked off a 10-city tour for the new book earlier this week in her hometown of Chicago.

A number of prominent figures, including Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Tracee Ellis Ross, are scheduled to join Obama on stage at locations along the tour.