From her youth on Chicago’s South Side to her years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama showed the world how to lead with kindness and grace. Revisit the glorious, historic era of the Obama White House--and the many roads traveled to get there--in LIFE Michelle Obama, a photo-filled biography and Special Edition featuring beautiful images and discerning text from the editors of LIFE. Follow Michelle’s journey from her years under the tutelage of her mother, Marian, who encouraged her children to be thinkers, doers, and decision makers, to her time at Princeton, Harvard Law, and then back home to Chicago to work for Sidney Astin, where one fateful, rainy day in mid-1989, a young man named Barack walked through the door. Relive their romance, and their time in the Illinois Senate back in early aughts, before the Obamas would become a household, and worldwide, name. In the White House, Michelle would dedicate much of her time to ensuring the next generation of children lived a healthy, active lifestyle, and outside of it, she’d be recognized as a fashion icon on par with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis--with arms that would make a gladiator blush, to boot! For decades, readers have turned to LIFE to see, understand, and remember the most important events and people of our time. Let LIFE Michelle Obama show you the remarkable life and enduring spirit of hope that America’s 44th First Lady has gifted to the world.