By More Magazine, Special for USDR
MORE, the magazine for women of style and substance, today announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will be the first-ever guest editor of the magazine for its upcoming July/August 2015 issue, on newsstands June 23. This historic issue also marks the first time that a First Lady of the United States has guest edited an entire issue of a magazine.
“I am excited and honored to be guest editor of MORE this month and tell you a little bit about the issues I’m working on, as well as the extraordinary Americans I’ve had the privilege of meeting as First Lady,” says Mrs. Obama.
The unprecedented collaboration is inspired by the significant contributions the First Lady has made over the past six years, and highlights the four core initiatives she has launched: Let’s Move!, which focuses on helping kids across our country lead healthier, more active lives; Reach Higher, which inspires young people across America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school; Joining Forces, which supports and honors our service members, veterans, and military families; and, most recently, Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government-wide initiative to help girls around the world go to school and stay in school.
“As First Lady, you can get lost in all the ceremonial responsibilities or find yourself pulled in a million different directions because there’s so much important work to do,” says Mrs. Obama. “It’s still a constant balancing act. Like everyone else, I’m calibrating and recalibrating day by day as my girls grow up and I continue to grow in my role as First Lady. But I couldn’t be more honored to have this opportunity to serve our country.”
In recognition of Mrs. Obama’s accomplishments and to empower readers to create positive change in one or more of the areas that she highlights, the issue is dedicated to the theme More Impact.
“The First Lady is the ultimate MORE woman,” says Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor-in-Chief, MORE. “She is the perfect combination of passion, intelligence, beauty and glamour, and her gift for moving people to action is the reason I invited her to be our first-ever guest editor. After reading the issue, I hope our readers will be moved to make a difference of their own.”
Throughout the issue, readers can refer to the “How You Can Have More Impact” information boxes for ideas on how to get involved. The issue also encourages readers to post a photo of themselves on social media using the hashtag #MoreImpact and share how they’re making a difference.
In addition to showcasing Mrs. Obama’s priorities as First Lady, the issue also shines a light on the exceptional women who have profoundly influenced her work in the White House. Additional features include “The Stories Behind the Photos,” in which the First Lady shares candid snapshots and the untold stories behind her favorite White House moments, and “What Women Owe One Another,” the First Lady’s inspirational essay encouraging women to support each other through the complex challenges that every woman faces.
As an extension of the More Impact issue, MORE will hold the first-ever More Impact Awards, at a luncheon in Washington, D.C.’s Newseum on June 29. The program will honor four exceptional women, chosen by MORE editors, who have made a significant impact in the areas of health and exercise, veterans and military families, and education, both domestically and internationally. Mrs. Obama will deliver a keynote address at the luncheon.
For more about the More Impact edition, please visit http://www.more.com/.
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Launched in September 1998, critically acclaimed MORE is the only lifestyle publication that celebrates women of style and substance. MORE is the smart, stylish guide for women of influence, sharing the latest on beauty, fashion, health, career, finance, home, travel and culture. MORE serves a community of professional women interested in reinventing themselves and their world. MORE is published 10 times a year by Meredith Corporation with a rate base of 750,000 and readership of 1.5 million. The award-winning publication was named Advertising Age’s 2006 Magazine of the Year, named multiple times to the prestigiousAdvertising Age “A List,” as well as to the Adweek “Hot List,” and received the 2014 Clarion Award for Best Overall External Magazine and a 2015 Deadline Club Award for Magazine Personal Service.