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Up until now, her hairstyle has tended toward a swept-back look, giving her forehead prominent play. That forehead is now covered by blunt-cut bangs, with her dark locks extending just past her shoulders. The look has received generally positive feedback from the public, with the media writing flattering prose and celebrities, such as Glee actress Naya Rivera, tweeting things like “love the bangs!”
The new do’ was unveiled on Jan. 17, the First Lady’s 49th birthday, just in time to be seen by tens of millions as her husband, Barack Obama, prepares to be sworn in for his second term as U.S. president on Jan. 21. The first lady also debuted something else that day — a new Twitter account. @FLOTUS will be run by the First Lady’s staff, unlike @MichelleObama, which is managed by the president’s office. The new account had more than 90,000 followers within 24 hours of its creation.
The inauguration includes nearly four days of events, including a bevy of fancy balls, two swearing-in ceremonies — one private, one public — an inaugural speech and a parade. At 8:30 a.m. on Monday, the Star will live blog the official inauguration, at thestar.com. It can also been on TV on CTV starting at 11 a.m.
Michelle Obama will be front and centre throughout and, as always, her apparel choices, along with her new hairstyle, will be discussed, dissected — and no doubt dissed in some quarters — by fashionistas from around the globe.
Much of the comment to date has focused on Michelle Obama’s taste for designers like Diane von Furstenberg and penchant for outfits that emphasize her bare, nicely-toned arms. (First Ladies traditionally champion worthy causes and Mrs. Obama’s has been Let’s Move, a fitness and anti-obesity campaign.)
But it appears in this case that Mrs. Obama is following the lead of another fashion/style trendsetter, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Britain’s Prince William, who unveiled a new look featuring bangs in November, sparking a new wave in hairstyles at salons everywhere.