The First Lady doesn’t buy into the hype of reality shows that often suggest women can’t be friends. Since high school, she’s embraced female friends who understood her goals and who could give her the support she needed to achieve. In return, she did the same. Michelle’s inner circle rotates heavily around women from all types of backgrounds and walks of life. Though their life journeys may differ in some ways, their shared interest in family, education and culture make for a tight bond. The First Lady figured out long ago that good friends are essential in every aspect, and particularly when things don’t look so good. No friend can be your everything, but with any luck, like Michelle, most people will find friends who can give them what they need when they need it.