10 Cute Early Photos of Michelle Obama That Will Make You Love Her More 10 Cute Early Photos of Michelle Obama That Will Make You Love Her More
In his book Michelle Obama: A Life, Peter Slevin traces the first lady’s life from working-class Chicago roots to a confident university student to... 10 Cute Early Photos of Michelle Obama That Will Make You Love Her More

1534In his book Michelle Obama: A Life, Peter Slevin traces the first lady’s life from working-class Chicago roots to a confident university student to the woman in the White House.

All along that trajectory, a special awareness of her roots has shaped her, making her a self-conscious college student when she collided with the wealth and glamour of her richer classmates at Princeton, a driven and tenacious law student and ultimately, the self-possessed woman who would go on to meet the future president at a Chicago law firm after graduation. What has it looked like to grow up Michelle Obama? We took a look back and gathered some photos from her adolescence and early adulthood. Here’s what she looked like before she could grab headlines just by getting bangs. Above, Michelle Robinson’s yearbook photo from grade school in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.

Michelle Robinson’s freshman-year portrait at Whitney Young Magnet High School in 1978.

Robinson as a junior at Whitney Young, 1980.

As Peter Slevin writes, Michelle "started with ballet as a girl and continued to dance at Whitney Young High School," where this photo was taken in 1981. As an adult, she would later hang portrait  in her office of legendary dancer Judith Jamison.

Michelle Robinson walks the catwalk as a Princeton senior, for a fashion show benefiting an Ethiopian relief fund.

Michelle Robinson’s yearbook portrait upon graduating from Princeton in 1985. 

They took their vows at Trinity United Church. “Barack didn’t pledge riches,” Michelle would later recall. “Only a life that would be interesting.”

Barack and Michelle during Christmas in Hawaii, shortly after their marriage in 1992. 

In 1995, Barack took Michelle to Kenya to show her more about his family.

Before they became public figures, Michelle and Barack partook in an independent photography project documenting young couples around the country. They posed in their Hyde Park home in May, 1996.

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