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Michelle Obama is a Vogue cover girl second time around

Michelle Obama on the April 2013 cover of

Michelle Obama on the April 2013 cover of Vogue, left, and on the March 2009 cover, right. (Credit: AP)

Second term, second Vogue cover. So it goes for Michelle Obama, who looks startlingly chic on the cover of the April issue of Vogue magazine, arguably America’s fashion bible.

FLOTUS dons a structured, smart sheath designed by her most recent go-to designer, Reed Krakoff (she wore him in her second official portrait), and reportedly yanked straight from her own closet. (Ever wonder how big that closet must be?)

The sleeveless dress, with a slightly futuristic vibe, is cerulean blue with a purple inset and a waist emphasizing built-in half belt. The magazine feature was shot by Annie Leibovitz and written by Jonathan Van Meter who interviewed the first lady and the president (he appears inside the issue) on a variety of subjects including parenting, their marriage and their vision for America’s families. Oh, and of course style -- not his, hers. “If you’re comfortable in your clothes it’s easy to connect with people and make them feel comfortable as well,” the first lady told Van Meter.

There's a discernible difference between the FLOTUS' first Vogue cover from March 2009 and this one. Though she shows off her signature, toned arms in both -- they might actually be a little better now.

Then she wore a purple-pink sleeveless Jason Wu sheath and posed curled up on a sofa …it was almost coquettish. By comparison, on her recent cover due to hit newsstands next week, she looks confident, strong and there’s an “I-mean-business”  attitude exuding from the photograph.

And perhaps the biggest departure from then to now?  Why those famous, fabulous bangs, of course.