Michelle Obama Through the Years

To commemorate her 50th birthday, The Root takes a look at some rarely seen photos from the first lady’s early years.


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In honor of first lady Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday—she’ll be celebrating it at a White House bash this Saturday—The Root decided to take a look back at her early years.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was born on Jan. 17, 1964, in Chicago.


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She was a student at Bryn Mawr Elementary School.


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Here she is at Princeton University in 1983.


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Michelle graduated from Princeton cum laude with a B.A. in sociology in 1985.


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The Obamas were married Oct. 3, 1992.


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A young Barack Obama visits Kenya with Michelle.


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The Obamas’ first Christmas in Hawaii.


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The Obama family grew with the birth of Malia in July 1998, followed by Sasha in June 2001.


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A short video biography:

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