Monday, November 2, 2009

Michelle O. for Glamour

First Lady Michelle Obama
Glamour Magazine
Women of the Year Issue
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This year, Glamour is honoring First Lady Michelle Obama with a Special Recognition award for her commitment to mentoring young women.

The First Lady has made an effort to promote strong leadership in women and stressed the importance of having a direct role in the lives of her own daughters. By Glamour placing her on the cover, it marks the first time in the magazine's history that a First Lady has landed the cover.

Obama spoke about role models in her life:

“They were the people in my life. My mom, for sure. My dad. The teachers. For me, role-modeling was immediate, it was touchable...Children connect with who is in their lives, present and accounted for...That’s why we’re trying to encourage moms, teachers, fathers, to be that presence in their children’s lives, in their communities, because it really makes a difference.”

I like the fact that she stresses the importance of having role models that are actually a part of one's life. Too often we try to rely on celebrities to be role models for our children, only to have that backfire later. It will mean a great deal more to a young person for them to have a leader in their life that is close to them.

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