Why do so many Mobama covers feature the First Lady with her hands demurely clasped? Deliberate signaling of her approachability? Or is it just how she likes to pose? What does it all mean?

Noticed: Michelle Obama's Perpetual Magazine-Cover Handclasp

Ebony, September 2008.


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Noticed: Michelle Obama's Perpetual Magazine-Cover Handclasp

Glamour, October 2009.


Noticed: Michelle Obama's Perpetual Magazine-Cover Handclasp

Newsweek, April 2010.


Noticed: Michelle Obama's Perpetual Magazine-Cover Handclasp

Good Housekeeping, May 2010.


Noticed: Michelle Obama's Perpetual Magazine-Cover Handclasp

Conde Nast Traveler, May 2010.


Noticed: Michelle Obama's Perpetual Magazine-Cover Handclasp

Official White House Flickr pool. Then again, maybe she just likes to stand like this on her own time.