"I don"t want to be caught dead in a bathing suit": Michelle Obama on the First Lady fashion moment she hopes will never happen


'I don't want to be caught dead in a bathing suit': Michelle Obama on the First Lady fashion moment she hopes will never happen
The First Lady also reveals that she's in 'way better shape' than the President

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18:35 GMT, 23 May 2012

Michelle Obama has become famous for her adventurous fashion sense and support of young new designers. But it seems there is one look even she is not brave enough to try.

In a new interview, she says she hopes she will never be photographed in her swimwear.

She tells People: 'That's been my one goal: I don't want to be caught dead in a bathing suit.'

Fashion limit: Michelle Obama, pictured this weekend wearing Zac Posen in Chicago, says she wouldn't be caught dead in a swimsuit

Fashion limit: Michelle Obama, pictured this weekend wearing Zac Posen in Chicago, says she wouldn't be caught dead in a swimsuit

It is just as well, she admits, that swimming is one of the few sports she does not excel at.

'I won't drown,' she says, 'but you won't see me doing laps in the pool.'

When it comes to her gym workouts, however, she can still outpace her husband.

When asked if they compete athletically, she replies: 'Not anymore, because I'm in way better shape than he is.'

Holding her own: Mrs Obama, pictured doing push-ups with Archbishop Desmond Tutu last year, says she can outpace her husband in the gym

Holding her own: Mrs Obama, pictured doing push-ups with Archbishop Desmond Tutu last year, says she can outpace her husband in the gym

Instead, they are more likely to be teasing each other about push-up counts.

First Lady favourite: Mrs Obama says she would be Beyonce if she could be anyone else

First Lady favourite: Mrs Obama would be Beyonce if she could be anyone else

'We don't take ourselves too seriously,' she reveals. 'At the gym we're spending a lot more time laughing about who is trying to get out of doing their push-ups, who's whining too much.'

The First Lady, who was promoting her new book, American Grown, about the White House Kitchen Garden, also offers some insight into how she and the President make time for each other.

She says that they don't set out a specific time for each other, instead they share a couple of daily rituals.

''We live above the store, which means 6.30pm is dinner. The first half hour, we're talking to the girls, then we shoo them off to go walk Bo and catch a little check-in without the kids.

'We have a ritual where he tucks me in, because I'm usually in bed before anybody. He'll come and turn the lights out and give me a kiss and we'll talk. He's like, “Ready to be tucked” I'm like, “Yes I am.”'

The interviewer also asks Mrs Obama who she would be if she could be anybody else.

Returning the compliment of an open letter Beyonce wrote in praise of the First Lady, she replies that she would be the singer.

'I'd be Beyonce,' she says. 'I'd be some great singer… It looks like musicians just have the most fun.'