Michelle Obama Recalls Her First 'Tutu Fairy Costume'

First Lady Michelle Obama in Harper's Bazaar. (Jason Schmidt/Harper's Bazaar)
First Lady Michelle Obama in Harper's Bazaar. (Jason Schmidt/Harper's Bazaar)

NEW YORK (CBS) Michelle Obama,  known for her sense of style,  tells  Harper's  Bazaar  magazine  of her fond memories  of  her first time on stage in "a little tutu fairy costume."

"I remember very early on," she said, "being the good fairy in 'Hansel and Gretel' and having to sing a solo, which was humiliating. ... Yes, it was a little tutu fairy costume, and I liked it because of the costume."

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Memories like that are  one resason she has made promoting culture a priority since moving into the White House last year.

In the November issue of Harper's Bazaar, the First Lady explains, "That's the beauty of arts and culture, music and dance. It's a universal voice."

Wearing a raspberry L'Wren Scott sheath and a pair of bright blue kitten heels, Mrs. Obama posed for the magazine piece with  young performers, including members of the Howard University Choir and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and dancers from Alvin Ailey, Joy of Motion Dance Center and Bhangra Empire.

The First Lady said her favorite musical moment was "when Paul McCartney was here singing 'Michelle,' I was like, 'I'm done, I can go home now.'"

Read the article online plus see more pictures at Harper's Bazaar.