A photo of Michelle Obama posing in her bathrobe shows the former first lady’s cheeky sense of humor.
The Instagram pic shows Obama wearing a white bathrobe and a sultry look with her arm around longtime makeup artist Carl Ray, who posted it Thursday. “Hello from me and @michelleobama,” wrote Ray. “What an amazing 10 years it’s been…Happy to call her a Friend and Boss. We’re gearing up for her book tour ‘Becoming.’”
Obama’s memoir, which she’s called a “deeply personal experience” of “how a girl from the South Side found her voice,” will be published Nov. 13 by Penguin Random House. On publication day, she’ll kick off a 10-city American stadium tour featuring “intimate and honest conversations” with fans.
When it comes to their working relationship, Ray has called Obama a “great collaborator,” telling Glamour in 2017 that the two “clicked immediately” the first time he did her makeup, at the 2009 Easter Egg Roll at the White House.
Ray also shared memories of the ex-FLOTUS, such as doing her makeup on a flight to the 2016 Democratic National Convention during a storm. “The clock was ticking, and I kept trying to touch up her makeup so she’d be ready the instant we landed,” he told the publication. “But the turbulence made it impossible! Mrs. Obama was holding my hand steady, like, ‘Let me help you out,’ so I could apply lip liner. We couldn’t stop laughing. I’m just relieved I didn’t get anything on her dress.”
Ray said, “She’s always conscious of setting an example. For Mrs. Obama it’s about being polished in an authentic way. She always looks like herself. To exude the confidence she shows the world, she has to feel great in her own skin.”
On Wednesday, Obama was a keynote speaker at a San Diego-based MindBody Bold Conference, where she reflected on meeting notable figures such as Nelson Mandela, Aretha Franklin, and Queen Elizabeth while in the White House. And, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, she shared charming anecdotes such as the time former President Barack Obama mispronounced Justin Bieber’s name at a White House event.
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