Michelle Obama gives us a masterclass in the retro bob with a sweet college throwback

Michelle Obama reveals her old retro bob as she posts an adorable picture of herself as a student

Michelle Obama
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Michelle Obama posted a sweet photograph of herself graduating from college in a post dedicated to the graduating class of 2021.

Michelle Obama has posted an old photograph of herself at graduation in a post dedicated to the graduating class of 2021. The former FLOTUS wore her hair in a classic retro bob that fans loved. For those of us looking for the best bob hairstyles for women, this has to be one of the best looks.

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This image is from the early 80s and encapsulates the blown-out style of the time. It was taken just after the former first lady graduated from Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago. 

Following this, she went to Princeton University where she majored in sociology and minored in African-American studies and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985. She went on to study at Harvard Law School, graduating in 1988.

In the inspirational post, the former FLOTUS congratulates the seniors finishing high school over the next few weeks and encourages them to be “incredibly proud” of themselves. 

The caption of the post reads “Congratulations, Class of 2021! From navigating virtual learning to finding new ways to develop relationships with teachers and classmates—while somehow submitting your assignments on time—you overcame so much this year with grace and humor.”

She then goes on to reflect on the time when she was the same age as the graduating class. “When I think about how you must be feeling right now, I am reminded of my own experience as a younger woman, just getting started as an adult. The excitement I felt was often accompanied by doubts and worries. I still remember all those questions I kept asking myself. Am I good enough? Am I smart enough? Can I do this? Over time, I proved to myself that the answer to all of these questions was ‘yes’. But I’ll be honest: It wasn't easy to do. And I know that while you’re getting ready to take that next step, so many of you might be feeling some of that, too,” she says.

She continues, “So what I want to say to you is this: In a year when so much of society—so much of humanity—slowed down for a bit, you all pushed yourselves harder. In a year defined by so much difficulty and loss, you never gave up or called it quits. Instead, you studied. You marched. You kept one another safe. And you took those first steps toward building a brighter future not just for yourselves but for all of us.”

Michelle ends on a positive note and reminds readers that she is proud of their achievements given the difficulties of the last year. She says “So I just want you to know that I am so, so proud of you. Because after what we’ve seen this year, I know you will get through whatever life throws at you. Because guess what? Life threw an awful lot at you. And you didn’t blink.”

She then encourages students to get in contact with her and reminds them that she will be rooting for their future success. “I hope you’ll tell me about your own experiences, too—send me a photo of your graduation day or shout out another graduate using #DearGrad and #ReachHigher! Congratulations again, graduates. I’ll be rooting for you in the months and years ahead,” she says.

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