IT’S MICHELLE OBAMA’S BIRTHDAY! Michelle turned 53 today, and we think that’s a PERFECT reason to go off on one about how much we love her.
During her 8 years of being First Lady for the US she’s become a massively popular public figure that millions of girls (and guys) have looked up to. She’s been named the coolest First Lady there has ever been and many are calling for her to become President after Trump (though that’s so not happening guys. She’s ruled that one out, sadly.)
As it’s her bday today, and as the Obama are about to step aside to make way for the US’s next President, we think she deserves to be given a proper send-off. Here are our fave Michelle moments.
When she did carpool karaoke
Michelle followed in the footsteps of the world’s most loved music celebs by getting in the car with James Corden for his Carpool Karaoke. She sang with Missy Elliot, sang Beyonce’s single ladies… and she did the dance.
When she danced on TV
In fact, Michelle’s no stranger to the dance floor. In 2015 she went on the Ellen DeGeneres show and showed us exactly how Michelle gets down. She did a dance to Uptown Funk, and it was perfect.
It was also all part of the Let’s Move campaign which was set up to tackle childhood obesity. And guess who was in charge of raising awareness about it? #Nailedit.
When she showed us why teen crushes are overrated
When Glamour held a panel called ‘The Power of an Educated Girl’, Michelle addressed teens directly about the importance of getting an education. And, as per, she did it in a brilliant way.
“There is no boy at this age that is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education. If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the President of the United States today,” she said. Dayummm.
When she rapped
Oh yeah, remember that time that SHE RAPPED? It was a College Humor video rap encouraging young people to get educated and Michelle featured, as well as a whole load of swag.
When she stood up for women everywhere (as per)
October 2016, Michelle gave a speech just after a video emerged which allegedly showed Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. Michelle addressed it head on.
“I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core… this is not something that we can ignore.” She went on to talk about how children and young girls will be negatively affected by witnessing Trump’s language and attitude towards and about women. “Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say enough is enough”.
When she called Obama her ‘silver fox’ on Jimmy Fallon
That is all.
When she gave this encouragement to young people about the future
“I don’t want them to be afraid, I want them to embrace the future, and know that the world is getting better. We have bumps in the road, we have ups and downs, but I want our kids to move forward (I don’t care where they come from) with strength and with hope.
*Wipes tear away*. Bring it on, Donald.
When she was so goddamn graceful
When Michelle was interviewed by Oprah about her time as First Lady, she talked about moving onwards and upwards when the new President is inaugurated
“No matter how we felt going into it, it is important for the health of this nation that we support the Commander In Chief. It wasn’t done when my husband took office, but we’re going high. And this is what’s best for the country.”
In fact, the Obama’s motto is famously, “when they go low, we go high”. We love her but she does make us feel inadequate sometimes. Note to self: end petty who-ate-the-last-of-the-cornflakes war with sibling.
When she opened the doors to the white house
Michelle did a lot to make the White House more inclusive. She said she wanted to open the doors wide to people who didn’t usually get access into the White House, so she encouraged visits from people who belonged to many different cultures. Her inclusive attitude increased the amount of diversity among the White House staff. For example in March last year, for the first time ever, the White House welcomed its first openly transgender staff member – Raffi Freedman-Gurspan.
When she gave us all a lesson on haters
Inevitably, along with her MANY adoring fans came haters. That’s just the way it goes. But Michelle had some brilliant things to say on the subject of haters in her interview with Oprah.
Oprah talked about the time Michelle was termed an “angry black women” for not always grinning vacuously, and Michelle admitted that it was hurtful at first. “You think, that is so not me, but then you sort of think… well this isn’t about me. This is about the person or the people who wrote it.”
Basically, don’t take what your haters say to heart, because their hate is often more of a statement about them than about you.
SHE’S JUST SO WISE.
So happy birthday Michelle. Thanks for inspiring us, empowering us, and giving us hope for the future. WE LOVE YOU!