Michelle Obama shows off her natural hair while thanking fans for their birthday wishes

Marie Claire Dorking
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Michelle Obama has thanked fans for her birthday wishes while showing off her natural curls in an Instagram selfie, pictured in 2018. (Getty Images)
Michelle Obama has thanked fans for her birthday wishes while showing off her natural curls in an Instagram selfie, pictured in 2018. (Getty Images)

Michelle Obama has thanked fans for sending her birthday messages by sharing a snapshot showing off her naturally curly hair.

In the black-and-white photo, the former first lady kept her curly locks au natural as she shared her gratitude to well wishers for the birthday love.

In the accompanying caption, the now 57-year-old gave a nod to the testing year everyone has struggled through.

She also offered a reminder to her followers to take some time for themselves, while the coronavirus pandemic still continues.

“Thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes,” Obama wrote. “I know this past year has been difficult for us all on so many levels, so I just hope you all are taking care of yourselves and finding joy in the smallest moments. Love you all.”

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Obama’s followers totally felt the former first lady’s self-care message.

“We love you, Michelle! Thank you for being a rock for all of us in these difficult times,” one fan wrote.

“100% it’s all about self-care. Happy Birthday to our forever 1st Lady,” another added.

“Your transparency and strength empower us to be authentically ourselves and show up for others,” another commented. “Happy birthday, sis. We love you.”

Former American President, Barack Obama, also celebrated his wife’s 57th birthday by sharing a throwback photo on social media, which showed her with a cropped hairdo.

“Happy birthday to my love, my partner, and my best friend. Every moment with you is a blessing. Love you, Miche,” He captioned the sweet post.

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Michelle Obama has previously been praised by fans for showing off her natural curls.

Instead of the smooth, sleek waves she normally sports, back in 2019 the former first lady took to the stage at Essence's annual Essence Fest in New Orleans, US, and showcased a more natural do.

Many fellow curly-locked women took to social media to thank Obama for offering curly hair some representation.

Obama told the 2 Dope Queens podcast that during her time as first lady she developed "a whole strategy for hair that I'm sure a lot of white women are sitting over there going, 'Man, I didn't know all that was going on.'"

She also famously showed off her curls on the cover of Essence magazine back in 2018.

More recently, she was spotted sporting what appeared to be her natural curls on a family holiday.

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Michelle Obama has regularly showed off her natural curls, pictured at the ESSENCE Festival in 2019. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
Michelle Obama has regularly showed off her natural curls, pictured at the ESSENCE Festival in 2019. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

As she hinted in her birthday message, Obama has previously opened up about how difficult 2020 had been on her emotionally.

On her podcast, The Michelle Obama Podcast she revealed she was suffering from “low-grade depression” due to worries over the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and the Trump administration.

She went on to say she had been going through “those emotional highs and lows that I think everybody feels, where you just don’t feel yourself”.

“These are not - they are not fulfilling times, spiritually,” she said.

“I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression.

“Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting.”

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