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Michelle Obama’s penchant for up-and-coming designers

Michelle Obama’s stylist Meredith Koop doesn’t take the First Lady’s trust for granted.

America’s First Lady Michelle Obama has the ability to make it feel like “anything is possible” when she wears a rookie designer.

Michelle has been working with stylist Meredith Koop for eight years, with the fashion adviser helping land Michelle on countless best dressed lists. And when it comes to dressing the President’s wife, Meredith doesn’t just depend on high end names.

“When [the first lady] wears an up-and-coming designer, it creates this feeling that anything is possible," she beamed to

"This is something the first lady talks a lot about with young people, how important it is to follow their dreams and work hard no matter what obstacles come their way. I wanted to translate that very message into her clothing."

Michelle will soon step down from her role as first lady after eight years, with a new president getting ready to take over residence at the White House after the American general election in November (16).

Meredith has been at her side the whole time, and shares that the two women have a strong relationship, both at work and away from the office.

"She trusts me, and I don't take that for granted," she smiled.

Michelle echoes her sentiments and adds how thankful she is for all of Meredith’s hard work.

"I am so grateful for Meredith's passion, dedication, and extraordinary talent," Michelle praised. "I am impressed by her professionalism, her attention to detail, and her ability to think not only about fashion but also the importance of the moment and the message. She is integral to the overall strategy of my office and is someone I can always depend on. I consider myself lucky to call her a friend."

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