Michelle Obama pretty much knocked the first lady gig out of the water.

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The First Lady and Tyler Oakley

The First Lady is officially in the house! Michelle Obama pretty much knocked the first lady gig out of the water and now that her reign is coming to an end she’s opening up about what it’s been like to be a pop culture icon.

Talking with Variety, she dished on her strategy for connecting with her constituents, particularly the younger voters.

“I’m a product of pop culture. I’m a consumer of pop culture, and I know what resonates with people. I know what they’ll get a chuckle out of and what they think is kind of silly. And whenever my team approaches me with ideas and concepts, we’re usually like, ‘Is this really funny? Are people going to understand it?’”

But Mobama is proud to be on television representing educated black women, especially when there’s such a lack of representation on so many shows.

“For so many people, television and movies may be the only way they understand people who aren’t like them,” she says. “And when I come across many little black girls who come up to me over the course of this 7½ years with tears in their eyes, and they say: ‘Thank you for being a role model for me. I don’t see educated black women on TV, and the fact that you’re first lady validates who I am….’”

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Michelle with Ellen DeGeneres and Bellamy Young

But while is happy to appear on Ellen and The Late Late Show with James Corden, as well as grace the covers of Seventeen, Vogue, Glamour, and more, she doesn’t want you getting it twisted: she is not the first black educated woman and she’s certainly not the last.

“We’re not new. We’re not special.”

Michelle may not think her family is special but we personally think the Obamas are totally iconic and are proud to have them as the our First Family.

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