First ladies may marry into their jobs, but that doesn't make life easy. France's Carla Bruni-Sarkozy had a headline-filled year, though it was not all good news. Nude pictures emerged from her past, but her style and smarts continue to win over the world. Britain's Sarah Brown used her English manners to welcome Michelle Obama on her first trip abroad as first lady, which jump-started a whirlwind tour for Michelle that won't end anytime soon. Meanwhile Japan, too, got a new first lady, Miyuki Hatoyama, who seems a little crazy and a lot of awesome.
All these first ladies may not make headlines, but they certainly do serve their countries in style — who does it best?