Michelle: Beware 'Cute' Men

First lady talks mentoring, and dating, in 'Women of the Year' issue
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2009 3:58 PM CDT
First lady Michelle Obama on Glamour's December cover.   (PRNewsFoto/Glamour)
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(Newser) – The cover of Glamour’s Women of the Year issue honors Michelle Obama for her push to expand mentoring opportunities for young women. New columnist Katie Couric also gets some advice on behalf of readers, including on the dangers of "cute" guys:

  • On mentors: “I was blessed—I had people rooting for me. It started with my parents, but it extended to almost every teacher that I had. Look for those mentors, because sometimes mentors don’t find you--sometimes you seek them out. Oftentimes, they’re flattered and glad to lend a hand.”

  • Beware 'cute' men: “Cute’s good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it’s, Who are you as a person? Don’t look at the bankbook or the title. Look at the heart. When you’re dating a man, you should always feel good. ... You shouldn’t be in a relationship with somebody who doesn’t make you completely happy and make you feel whole.”
  • Be yourself on looks, style: “People are always going to have opinions, and people have a right to their opinions. ... But I’ve tried to be at peace with the choices that I make first, and then be open to everyone else’s reflection.”