The new issue of Oprah Winfrey‘s magazine has double the"O" factor – Michelle Obama joins the daytime diva on the cover of O in April, a joint venture that’s a first for the mag.
"Say what you will about books-people do judge a magazine by its cover, which is why it’s important to me to keep the cover of this one looking fresh," says Oprah. "And right now nothing – and I mean nothing – is fresher than the family that moved into the White House in January, sparking a national spirit of renewal the likes of which I’ve never seen."
The photo was taken of the two during an intimate White House interview with the First Lady on Feb. 17, the first to take place there since the election. Michelle was a gracious host, giving Oprah a tour of the grounds and part of the family’s private residence.
"It’s a beautiful home," Michelle tells Oprah of her new digs. "When you go out and come back, especially at night, with all the white lights on – it’s just beautiful. We feel privileged, and we feel a responsibility to make it feel like the people’s house. We have the good fortune of being able to sleep here, but this house belongs to America."
The issue hits stands March 17, and Oprah will discuss the interview with her pal and O editor-at-large, Gayle King on March 10 at 1pm on the magazine’s SIRIUS and XM show.