Former First Lady Michelle Obama stole the spotlight during the presidential inauguration on Wednesday, showing off her extraordinary wardrobe and dazzling hairstyle at the grand occasion. Obama, who has always been noted for her style, walked hand-in-hand with her husband as she mesmerized her admirers.
The laid hair led to many people asking how Obama pulled it off.
The think piece I need: how is Michelle’s hair THAT laid this early in the morning while being outside? Is it product? Is it favor?
— Mattie James (@themattiejames) January 20, 2021
Damtew, who describes herself as the owner of Aesthetics Salon in Washington, D.C., graciously thanked the Twitter users.
Thank you for the kind words and tags today, friends! I'm more active on IG, so I would be truly grateful for a follow over there ❤️ https://t.co/vNlnPrW6Ir
— Yene Damtew (@yenedamtew) January 20, 2021
Just like the dozens of Americans who felt a little more hop in their step on the historic day, the 57-year-old made a statement with some bounce in her hair.
MICHELLE GOT MORE BOUNCE TO THE OUNCE WITH THIS HAIR.
— Openly Black (@ScottieBeam) January 20, 2021
Some social media users noted the contrast from Obama's style at the 2017 inauguration.
Every Black woman understands the difference between Michelle's 2017 messy ponytail and the 2021 laid weave. It's existential.
— Kimberly Nicole Foster (@KimberlyNFoster) January 20, 2021
At the 2017 inauguration, the Chicago native stole the show with her facial expressions as former President Donald Trump took office.
Explaining the incident in her memoir, Becoming, Obama said the “vibrant diversity” of her husband’s two previous inaugurations “was gone” on that day when the Trump administration came in, HuffPost reported.
“Someone from Barack’s administration might have said that the optics were bad ― that what the public saw didn’t reflect the president’s reality or ideals,” she said. “But in this case, maybe it did. Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment: I stopped even trying to smile.”