Michelle Obama: My Bangs Were a 'Midlife Crisis!'

02/19/2013 at 10:04 AM ET

Michelle Obama Bangs Midlife Crisis
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When you’re the First Lady of the United States, you don’t have many options if you’re looking to act on a midlife crisis.

So Michelle Obama did what any woman looking to shake things up (within Secret Servce-approved parameters, of course) would do: cut her bangs.

“This is my midlife crisis, the bangs,” Obama joked on The Rachael Ray Show. “I couldn’t get a sports car. They won’t let me bungee-jump. So instead, I cut my bangs.”

And unlike many midlife crises, this one has gotten a big thumbs up from her spouse. “I love her bangs!” President Barack Obama said shortly after she cut them on her 49th birthday. “She always looks good.”

Not that she needed her husband’s approval, of course; though President Obama may be the leader of the free world, his wife is strictly the boss of her own hair. “I can do this,” she told Ray, smiling and gesturing to her new cut. “This is all mine.”

Tell us: Have you ever changed up your look impulsively? What do you think of Obama’s “midlife crisis”?

–Alex Apatoff


FILED UNDER: Beauty , Hair , Michelle Obama
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sandy on

yeah, I think this thread was supposed to be about hair styles and not political junk… :) and since shes one of the youngest first ladies with small kids, of course the media is going to be interested in her fashion and parenting styles, Barbara Bush, as lovely as she was, was a grandma, curly grey hair, typical, more to discuss when the style is younger and up to date :)

Ashley on

Mary, people who spend their time bashing others are in a sad state indeed. I try to be extra positive when others are being negative to wash it out. Just rest easy knowing you don’t live in their tortured minds.

Anyway, the bangs, I do love them! I could never pull off bangs myself because of my facial structure, so it’s always nice to see someone wear them so well.

barbarabarham on

Love them and love her!

rosemary hirsch on

I do not like the First Lady’s bangs. I liked her hair the way it originally was, very elegant;her new hair do makes her look like a rock star and not the First Lady of the U.S. I think maybe she wanted to look different at the second inaguration than the first inaguration;however, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

La-La on

She is a comedian too in more ways than one.

tillie on

Midlife crises or not keep them .

Donna on

The bangs make her look a lot younger. I like them!

Guest on

Why is this being reported on again? Why?? its a haircut, its bangs…bangs have been around for a gazillion years. I get this is an entertainment site, but really…bangs are big news????

eyedeal on

Seriously……bangs on the first lady is NEWS!?

Marilyn on

Her natural hair is like Olive Oyl (when she has it tied back). It is very short and frizzy. Her hair must have been straightened like crazy for that not to be a wig. Her previous hair style was better.

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