A Look Back at Michelle Obama’s Best Beauty Moments Over the Years

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  • Michelle Obama has been spotted in some very trendy beauty looks recently.
  • From her recent venture into braided hairstyles to her bolder nail colors, Obama has been experimenting outside of her more classic style as first lady.
  • Take a look at Obama’s beauty evolution over the years.

Michelle Obama has been setting the internet ablaze as she continues on her “The Light We Carry” press tour. With each engagement, fans of the former first lady have noticed how everything from her fashion choices to her hairstyles have been a bit more laid back and trendy, which is a departure from Obama’s usually more classic and formal looks.

Part of this transformation has been intentional on Obama’s part. At a speaking engagement in November, she revealed that she wanted to experiment with her hair during her time in the White House but ultimately decided not to. “I did not wear braids,” Obama said at the event. “Yeah, we had to ease up on the people.” She further elaborated on her point during a conversation with Revolt, adding that she then decided to stick to straight hairstyles during that eight-year period. “I wore weaves, extensions, protective styles, because you get your hair done every day and sometimes twice a day. I would not have any hair on my head if I straightened it as much as I had to straighten it.”

Though this chapter is seemingly marking a new beginning in Obama’s beauty journey, she has always been a source of inspiration for makeup, nail, and hair looks, particularly for Black women. From the classic bob she often wore at the beginning of the Obama presidency to the soft, monochromatic makeup looks that she showed up in during official engagements, she is and has always been a force to be reckoned with in the beauty space. Should you need further proof, we went ahead and gathered some of Obama’s best beauty moments over the years for your viewing pleasure (and Pinterest-board needs).

Keep reading for all the beauty inspiration you’ll need heading into the new year.

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