08/31/2011 12:07 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Michelle Obama On The Cover Of 'Essence' Power Issue

First Lady Michelle Obama landed the #8 spot on Forbe's World's 100 Most Powerful Women list this year, but she is clearly the #1 pick for Essence magazine who will be featuring her on the cover of their October "Power Issue."

And powerful she is. However, The First Lady doesn't let the power (which she calls in the issue her "big, bright light") go to her head.

She tells Essence:

"My story to young people around this country and around the world is, don't look at me as the First Lady first; look at me as Michelle Obama, a girl who grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Because I was there, and this is attainable. There is no magic to this. It is hard work."

The issue also documents the First Lady's recent trip to Africa with her two daughters and mother.

The October issue hits newsstands on September 12, 2011.

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