The event was primarily about the unveiling of the long-awaited Obama portraits. However, many have praised Michelle Obama’s choice of hairstyle for the event.

On Wednesday, Michelle and her husband Barack Obama were invited to The White House to unveil their Presidential portraits. The event had been delayed due to COVID-19, which certainly gave Michelle plenty of time to plan her look. And she definitely didn’t disappoint. Many are praising the former First Lady on her decision to wear braids to the event.

Michelle’s braids

Michelle donned a custom pleated, ombre-silk dress to the event, but it was her hair that got the most attention. The unveiling revealed portraits of both Barack and Michelle by artists Robert McCurdy and Sharon Sprung respectively.

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Michelle, 58, was the first African-American First Lady when her husband became President in 2008. Now, she is being recognized for her choice of hairstyle, one heavily connected to the Black community. Bringing representation to such a historical event caught the attention of many on Twitter.

Though some commented on the lack of braids during her husband’s tenure, most are sharing their love for the decision.

Reactions from Twitter

White House correspondent, Eugene Daniels spoke quickly about the significance of her choice.

Adjoa b. Asamoah, the advisor to President Biden, also tweeted about the importance of Michelle’s hairstyle.

Dr Nataki Pettigrew also tweeted how vital representation is.

How Michelle Obama changed things

During her time as First Lady Michelle Obama was a widely popular figure. Through stints on SNL and iCarly, she presented herself as an accommodating, funny woman who wasn’t afraid to try anything. The lawyer and writer graduated from Princeton and Harvard as a law student.

She was assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago’s City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies.

Since becoming First Lady, she became widely known for her advocacy for healthy families, service people and their families, higher education and international adolescent girls’ education.

In 2008, Michelle told the Democratic National Convention:

‘[I am] driven by a simple belief that . . . we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.’

Importantly, she advanced initiatives such as Let’s Move!, a campaign geared towards childhood obesity, and Let Girls Learn, improving girls’ access to education.

Her time as First Lady certainly wasn’t just standing beside her husband. Continuing to be proactive in her charity work, her use of her status brings much-needed representation.

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