The world's first ladies kept busy this year, jet-setting around the world, campaigning for their partners, and even giving birth. France's Carla Bruni-Sarkozy made a cameo in Woody Allen's hit Midnight in Paris before welcoming a new daughter in October, Michelle Obama took a Summer trip to Africa, and Britain's Samantha Cameron turned heads when she decided not to wear a hat to the royal wedding. Get to know these international first ladies and more and then vote at the end: who's your favorite of the year?
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy hides her budding baby bump this past May in an adorable outfit. The former supermodel had a busy year, making a cameo in Midnight in Paris and giving birth to her first child with Nicolas Sarkozy.
In July, the pregnant French first lady vacationed with her husband in Southeastern France.
The supermodel turned pop star turned first lady looked chic and cute during a May G8 summit.
Samantha and her husband pose with their daughter Florence, following her christening in March.
Samantha Cameron arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding. SamCam took a fashion risk by not wearing a hat. And you can sort of spot the dolphin tattoo she has on her ankle!
Samantha and David host the Queen and Prince Philip to celebrate the latter's 90th birthday in June.
Vogue's Anna Wintour attends a reception thrown by Samantha, a British Fashion Council ambassador.
The British first lady paints a woman's nails, during a day of pampering for parents of disabled children this past October.
Michelle Obama looks statuesque in a red Alexander McQueen dress before a state dinner for the Chinese president.
Michelle enjoys an Autumn day in the White House garden with local kids during the White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest.
Michelle looks festive for a Fourth of July barbecue.
Michelle Obama and her family watch traditional dancers on her arrival in Gaborone, Botswana in June.
Spain's outgoing first lady, who also happens to be a Spanish classical singer, greets her country's royal family during a state dinner at the Royal Palace in April.
Spain's Sonsoles Espinosa arrives with her husband, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, to cast their votes for Spain's general election, on November 20, 2011. Sonsoles's husband lost, making this her last year as first lady.
Cameroon's eccentric first lady makes a visit to the Ivory Coast with her husband in May.
Cameroonian first lady Chantal Biya casts her ballot at a polling station in October. Her husband has ruled for 29 years.
Mexico's first lady, Margarita Zavala, poses with elementary school children during a visit to the US.
Margarita attends the Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of Modern Art exhibition opening night at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in November.
Mexico's first lady welcomes a kiss from Spanish goalkeeper and hottie Iker Casillas during a soccer clinic for Mexican children in Mexico City.