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Official portrait of Michelle Obama in the Green Room of the White House

She’s as admired for her “guns” – the ones she’s packing on her forearms, that is –  as she is for her championing of childhood exercise and general all-round awesomeness, but could Michelle Obama be plagued with the same insecurities as us normal folks?

In an interview with this week’s People magazine, the FLOTUS gave what may be the first on-the-record glimpse of her personal perspective on plastic surgery.

In a quote that’s uncannily similar to the countless others offered by evasive celebrities everywhere, Michelle Obama says she isn’t ruling out a nip or tuck in the future: “Right now, I don’t imagine that I would go that route, but I’ve also learned to never say never.”

For the more cynical, her reasoning may also come across as being overly defensive. “Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves,” Mrs. Obama added. (To be fair, the First Lady also took pains to emphasise the importance of regular mammograms and full-body checkups.)

It’s a telling sign of our times that a female political figure would have to fend off questions about what she intends to do with her body.

On a personal note, we’re clearly not above popping into a doctor’s office for a quick fix or two, but Michelle Obama’s admission is a stark reminder of the relentless scrutiny women are subject to everywhere. Something to think about while layering on our serums tonight, we guess.