Michelle Obama explains her hair change: ‘This is my midlife crisis, the bangs’

Just before Pres. Obama’s second inauguration, Michelle Obama did something really unfortunate (IMO). She dramatically changed her hair and got some tragic bangs. You know I love Michelle (and Pres. Obama), and I think MO is a lovely woman. But these bangs really do not suit her AT ALL. Even Karl Lagerfeld deigned to sniff at them, commenting that they “were not a good idea.” Pres. Obama even had to comment on them too, although he said he really liked them (but what else is he going to say?). So now FLOTUS is left defending her bangsy decision:

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.”

[From People]

Michelle just turned 49 years old in January, so the whole “OMG, I’m turning 49, only one year left in my 40s!!” thing is a decent enough explanation. People do weird things when they’re bumping up against the big 5-0. It does seem like her hair might be one of the few things she has immediate control over, so maybe we could start thinking of the bangs as Michelle’s small revolution, her tiny pushback against being so over-analyzed and criticized.

…Or maybe she just wanted bangs. I don’t know. Maybe we’re overthinking this? Maybe she just tried something new and now she knows how she looks with them and she’s going to start the long process of growing them out. Poor FLOTUS.

Photos courtesy of WENN, White House Flickr page.

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  1. Sal says:

    I think they look great on her.

  2. faun says:

    I can’t STAND Michelle Obama but I do love her bangs.

  3. T.C. says:

    I love her bangs. She looks younger and very cute with them. She shouldn’t have to explain why she got them. If someone doesn’t like them too bad. Go FLOTUS.

  4. aims says:

    I don’t have anything bad to say about the bangs. But I love the Obamas, so my perspective is biased.

  5. Bird says:

    She looks great. She’s awesome.

  6. bondbabe says:

    Just like I said when this so-called “tragedy” (insert eye-roll here) was posted in January–she did it because she turned 49.

    I completely understand (I will be turning 50 in a few month); you start reflecting more and more and want to make a change. But you’re limited as to what you can really shake up. Unfortunately for the First Lady, any thing she does is scrutinzed to the max.

    It will be interesting to see what you will do to shake things up a little, if anything, when you approach the mid-life years.

  7. Jayna says:

    I think she looks fantastic in the bangs and the blunt cunt and length of her hair.

  8. Hipocricy says:

    I prefer her sans bang because the bang makes her hair looking too wiggish.

  9. annaloo. says:

    I liked the bangs! I had cut my bangs for the same reason, but I was debating botox vs bangs…Regardless, any way you look at it, she’s certainly one of the most dynamic FLOTUS we’ve had for American style.

  10. cw says:

    why did they vacation separately? any truth to that rumor about kerry washington?

  11. RHONYC says:

    this hair is more exciting than her old 1st term ‘Oprah/Claire Huxtable-esq’ hairstyle.

    good for her. she’s too young for that old school marm, fuddy-duddy hair. ;-)

  12. BB says:

    Michelle Obama explains her hair change. Answer: Kerry Washington! Been wondering why she is not friends with Oprah anymore. Can’t stand her!( Michelle)

  13. Rococo says:

    I think what she means is this will have to make do as her mid life crisis because she isnt allowed to divorce Mr Obama yet…

  14. Meaghan says:

    I’m so sick of the anti-bangs stance here. I think they can work great on some people. And bangs look great on her. I think they make her look younger.

  15. The Original Mia says:

    Yes, Michelle, we know.

    I hate those bangs, but much love for my FLOTUS!

  16. Samantha says:

    She looks better with the bangs.

  17. AmyLynne says:

    Why have a couple people been talking about Kerry Washington in these comments? Are they confusing television with real life or is there some actual gossip that I totally missed?

    • BB says:

      There’s an ongoing rumor that Michelle is jealous of Kerry Washington and the attention that the president is giving to her and how she banned her at the White House, copied her hairstyle etc. It’s just rumors but her hairstyle suspiciously looks like Kerry’s.

  18. dagdag says:

    I do not like her new hairstyle, in fact, I do not like most of her hairstyles. I am wondering, how would she look with short hair?

  19. Dinah says:

    I’m in the ‘meh’ camp on the bangs.

    She looks regal and gorge in the pic with Bo-’bama, though.

  20. Auruor says:

    Kaiser, I think you just personally dislike bangs. And while that’s okay for you — it’s a personal preference — I think she looks AMAZING. The bangs really suit her, IMO. I’d love to have bangs like that!

    • Bitca says:

      In 30s n 40s w/nothing to hide? Then, bangs depend on facial structure. And on FLOTUS’ face, bangs look way sexier than some of her old Soccer-Mom stylings.

      Don’t love—but *like* the bangs. Not just because Michelle is my girl-crush, but had a bang-fixation in early childhood. Mom had to hide the scissors, ’cause if I found a pair, would end up with a fringe.

      Viewing pics from my youth, can state without bias (at the time thought I was tragically plain) that the bangs were cute; plus they covered a multitude of chocolate-related sins.

      MObama can get away with almost any look—including bangs. Also, if you don’t like the way a cut turns out, hair grows in a lot faster than Botox & Restylane seep out :-)

  21. blonde on the dock says:

    The dog is adorable!

  22. Chrissie says:

    I actually really, really like her bangs! I think they soften her face and hide her really harsh overplucked eyebrows.

  23. Reece says:

    I wasn’t sure at first but I like them now.
    C’mon Kaiser you can’t possibly like the hair in the last pic over the bangs? At least the bangs are FLOTUS with a personality hair. The other is awful “I’m FLOTUS so I’m going to look like this generic picture of FLOTUS because I’m dead inside and have no thoughts of my own” hair. It’s Robot FLOTUS hair! Also, it’s as poofy as Bo’s hair.
    The bangs are much better.

  24. Mayday says:

    I think they soften her face and make her look years younger.

  25. TheOriginalKitten says:

    She looks great, with or without bangs. Also, her arms & shoulders are effin’ AMAZING.

  26. Agnes says:

    Love FLOTUS and love her bangs – they’re a nice change. And it’s only hair – it’ll grow out. :)

  27. snark says:

    Why are we pretending that this is her real hair?!

  28. Thiajoka says:

    I’m down with the bangs.

  29. anonymous fan says:

    Yep that is a wig.I totally understand why she got it though.When black women over process our hair too much as she has been doing for years then you need to let your scalp take a break by either wering a wig or getting braids.But it is a great wig.Very expensive and fitting.It looks good on her,bangs and all.

  30. Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

    I think the bangs make her look cute. But I’m not sure “cute” is the look she should be going for as FLOTUS; partly because there are so many official photos and portraits that stick around for (hopefully) hundreds of years.

    Personally, I would want to be remembered as classic and sophisticated, not cute and trendy.

  31. april says:

    She was on the nightly news last night on ABC and her hair was slightly shorter all over and the bangs were shorter. It looked SOO much better.

    I love Michelle and now love the new bangs.

  32. KellyinSeattle says:

    I agree that the bangs suck…..but it’s her hair and she’s under such scrutiny. I love the pics of them dancing and the one of him kissing her; they still seem in love. I do think her underbite is unattractive, though, sorry.

  33. blonde on the dock says:

    She’s a handsome woman, not pretty or beautiful. He’s the cute one!! He looks like he would be good in the sack.

  34. RHONYC says:

    my colleague has a wood for Michelle in that red gown like some dudes have for Maxim girls.

    like, seriously…i caught him tearing out that picture from a magazine and pocketing it. :lol:

  35. Pop! says:

    that is a terrible thing to say. Her teeth are nice and straight. She has an underbite, so what.
    that wasn’t even snark-funny. That was just plain mean, imo.

  36. TrustMeOnThis says:

    LOVE them, but oh how I wish they wouldn’t drink Dasani.
    Dasani water comes from India. They are taking water from India – where people need it – depleting the water table, and shipping it overseas. Shipping of liquids is very inefficient because water is so heavy. So people in India are being deprived of water that belongs there and ships are burning diesel fuel so that Americans can drink bottled water. The only thing worse is Fiji water. Fill up your nalgene at the tap!

  37. Dizzle says:

    A true beauty regardless of hairstyle.

  38. Ally8 says:

    Bangs are the French Botox. Most older French women don’t inject poison into their foreheads to cover the lines, they grow out their hair. I recommend it.

    That said, the bangs don’t have to be straight down and all the way across. A wide side part works, too.

  39. Cecada says:

    Um… I actually had a pretty wild time in my midlife. I won’t go into details, but instead of bangs I got a bong. I figured why not. I got whatever wild streak I had left out of my system. I have no regrets and now I’m fully engaged with my 50′s and happy as a clam. Never been more comfortable in my own skin.

    Just sayin’ – wild women need a little something MORE than a haircut at midlife!

  40. lisa says:

    it’s the least flattering haircut she could have. the sooner it grows out the better.

  41. Laura says:

    I don’t like her or her husband but I think she looks fantastic.