First Lady Michelle Obama, who turns 50 on Friday, isn’t ruling out using plastic surgery or Botox in the future.
Michelle Obama told People magazine: “Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves.”
The magazine’s next issue – including the interview – will hit newsstands on January 17, Michelle Obama’s birthday.
“Right now, I don’t imagine that I would go that route, but I’ve also learned to never say never.”
Michelle Obama’s message to women is to be healthy. The first lady says she has never missed a health checkup, including mammograms and Pap smears. She’s also had a colonoscopy.
“I don’t obsess about what I eat, but I do make sure that I’m eating vegetables and fruit,” added Michelle Obama.
“And as everyone knows, I do exercise.”
Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to reduce childhood obesity rates through the combination of exercise and healthier eating enters its fifth year next month.
Her workouts have also evolved from weight-bearing and cardio exercises to include things like yoga that she says will help keep her flexible.
Asked whether she has peaked at 50, Michelle Obama joked that being first lady is “pretty high up”.
She said she’s always felt that her life is “ever-evolving” and she doesn’t have the right to “just sit on my talents or blessings”.
“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,” the first lady said, noting that daughter Malia, now 15, will be in college when she and President Barack Obama leave the White House in January 2017. Daughter Sasha, 12, won’t be far behind.
“At that point in life, whoa, the sky is the limit,” Michelle Obama said.
Barack Obama is planning a big birthday dance party for his wife at the White House on Saturday night. Aides are keeping a tight lid on details to maintain the element of surprise for Michelle Obama. Guests have been told to come prepared to dance and to eat before they come.
“There’s one thing I can tell you for sure … people will move,” Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House adviser who is close to the Obamas, told The Associated Press.
She wouldn’t comment on reports that Beyonce, who also is close to the Obama family, will sing at Michelle Obama’s party.