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Only a few first ladies in history are able to conjure up words like grace,elegance,style, and culture, and mother, but the first lady seems to do it with ease. For my money she rivals any runway model. Its been an amazing year for the first lady and as she celebrates her first birthday in the White House let’s take a look at what makes the first lady, the first lady.

Elegance: Check out the First Lady as she host her first state dinner.

Michelle Obama at a governors’ dinner at the White Housein February in Peter Soronen.

Michelle Obama arrives at the Nobel banquet in Oslo.

GRACE:Michelle Obama has afternoon tea in the East Room.

The first lady hosting a healthcare event, focusing on health insurance reform for aging women, at the White House.

Michelle Obama waves as she arrives at the Royal Palace in Copenhagen for a meeting with Denmark’s Queen Margrethe.

The first lady arrives to speak at a preview for Tuesday’s state dinner in the State Dining Room of the White House.

Cultured And Caring:The first lady chats with vendors at the opening of the Freshfarm Market’s new farmers market on Vermont Avenue near the White House.

Caroline Kennedy applauds as First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during American Ballet Theatre’s Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Michelle Obama, with third-grade pupils at Ferebee Hope Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Michelle Obama smiles as an award recipient curtsies during the presentation of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Coming Up Taller Awards.

 Michelle Obama hosted an evening of poetry, music and the spoken word at the White House.

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