Congratulations to star of the month Michelle Obama
As the Obama's leave the White House for the president-elect Donald Trump, we would love to celebrate America's 1st black First lady Michelle Obama as our very first 2017 star of the month.
Michelle LaVaugh Robinson was born in south of Chicago, Illinions on January 17, 1948 to Mr Fraser III and Mrs Marian Robinson. She grew up in South Shore neighborhood in a 1 bedroom apartment where she lived with her parents and her older brother, Craig.
Baby Michelle Obama with her family
Mr Robinson was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his early 30s but he kept working very hard to take care of his family at the city's water department. "He was our provider, our champion our hero, but as he got sicker it got harder for him to work," said Michelle Obama at a conference.
Little Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama was a very bright student in school and she loved to play the piano. Her father instilled hardwork and commitment in his children and that molded them into role models. She admired her brother's a lot and as soon as he got admitted into Princeton University, she was motivated too do the same. In 1979, her dreams came true. She got admitted into Princeton to study Sociology with a focus in African-American studies. In 1985, she went on to Harvard Law School and graduated in 1988. Fresh out of college, she was hired at the Sidney Austin Law Firm in Chicago - where she met her "better half" Barack Obama.
Obama was at the Firm for a summer job and Michelle was supposed to train him on the job. Like everybody else, she thought Obama's name sounded funny. It was love at first sight for Barack Obama who wasted no time in asking her out. Though Michelle felt it was inappropraite because it was a work environment but she eventually agreed to have lunch with him one day. She recounted at an interview that "by the end of the day, it was over, I was sold." She told her brother about Obama and he decided to check him out. Craig was impressed too after playing a basketball game with him.
Michelle and Obama got married in 1992. Sadly her father had passed away the previous year. In 1998, they welcomed their first daughter, Malia and their second daughter, Sasha was born a few years later.
Michelle Obama at the State Dinner in White House
Michelle Obama Michelle had already left Corporate Law for a job at the University of Chicago Hospitals. At this time, Obama was already a Senator. As a loving wife, she later gave up her successful career to support her husband in serving the country.
History was made on the election night of 2008, when this woman who grew up from a poor home, walked the stage celebrating her husband's victory as the 44th President of United States (1st black president) and the 1st African-American First lady of America.
She became a role model for all women and a bridge for African-American women. However, unlike most first families whose children suffer because their parents were busy with power, Michelle chose parenting before politics. She brought her mother into the White House to help her raise her beautiful daughters. Michelle and Obama were very involved in their kids school like parents are expected to.
As the "Mom In Chief" she had to come up with what was best for children. In 2009, she invited children to the White House and they dug up a garden together. The purpose was to get kids interested in vegetables. She extended her quest for healthy eating by creating the "Let Move" project to help childhood obesity. Children were thought the importance of being physically fit and eating healthy.
In 2014, she encouraged children of all nations to go to school through her "Reach Higher" Initiatives. In 2015, she launched her "Let Girls Learn" initiative that helps adolescent girls attain a quality education.
The First Lady also joined effort to bring back the Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014.
Michelle Obama joined effort to rescue Nigerian Chibok school girl kidnapped by Boko Haram
On January 20, 2017, America will swear in a new president. However, the legacy of Michelle Obama dwells in possibility. We are glad to have her as a leader and a mentor. She had a deep impact on style trend, making her the most fashionable First Lady of the United States. She loves wearing good clothes and her sense of style placed her on the covers of reputable magazines such as Vogue, Essense, Ebony, Time, Glamour, Instyle, Jet, Good Morning, Variety, to name a few.
Though she enjoys shopping at affordable stores like JC Penny, she has been dressed by designers like Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Tracy Reese, Azzedine Alaia, Narcisco Rodriguez, Thakoon, Calvin Klein, Donna Karen, Isabella Toledo etc.
Michelle wearing Jason Wu at the 2009 Inauguaration of Barack Obama
Michelle Obama InStyle Cover
Michelle Obama is a fashion icon. She makes an impression with whatever she puts on, but the most beautiful dress we have ever seen on her was the one Atelier Versace rose gold chainmail gown that she used to make a statement at the Last State Dinner at the White House. She also made her signature side-bangs hairstyle to complement this lovely dress. It was her best ever!
Michelle wearing Atelier Versace dress
We love you Michelle Obama and we want to use this medium to thank you and your family for all the good work you have done serving America.
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