Everyone is ecstatic about Michelle Obama’s most recent popular and iconic hairstyle.
Last week, the former first lady was celebrated for wearing braids at the White House with former President Barack Obama at the unveiling of their official portraits.
Michelle arrived in an elegant silk ombré gown with her braids swept into a side bun. The former First Lady, who is a trailblazer in many ways, sent Twitter into a happy frenzy which as an amazing boost to American culture.
“Something that will mean ALOT to Black people across the country: Former First Lady Michelle Obama wearing braids at the unveiling of her official White House portrait,” White House correspondent Eugene Daniels tweeted.
“Michelle Obama is at the White House for her portrait unveiling, and her hair is in box braids,” another Twitter user wrote. “You have no idea what seeing that means for Black women. Little Black girls. I’m emotional.”
Adjoa B. Asamoah, President Joe Biden’s national advisor for Black engagement, joined in on the praise, applauding the former First Lady for “shifting [the] culture.”
The CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act was first introduced in Congress in March 2019 and prohibits employers from race-based discrimination against Black people with natural hair textures and hairstyles.
At the ceremony, The former first lady spoke about the significance of her portrait being displayed and the significance of this moment in history.
“For me, this day is not just about what has happened. It’s also about what could happen, because a girl like me, she was never supposed to be up there next to Jacqueline Kennedy and Dolley Madison. She wasn’t supposed to live in this house, and she wasn’t supposed to serve as the first lady,” the 58-year-old said, reflecting on her journey growing up as a Black girl on the South Side of Chicago.
“Too often in this country, people feel like they have to look a certain way or act a certain way to fit in,” she went on to say, before adding the portraits are a “reminder that there’s a place for everyone in this country.”