The presidential terms of Barack Obama were historical. We saw the election of America’s first Black leader and the introduction of a Black First Lady, Michelle Obama. During their two terms in the White House, the Obamas were the standard for class and ushered in a new level of style for the Oval Office. Replicas of the former First Lady’s dresses flew off the shelves, and her hair and makeup were always flawless.

Now that they have been relieved of their duties, we see a more relaxed side of Mrs.Obama, including wearing her hair in the ultimate “Black girl magic” hairstyle — braids. And as simple as that may seem, Obama had a different reality for eight years.