Michelle Obama: "I Want to Be Fly in My Old Age"

The first lady talks turning 50 and why she ditched her sassy bangs in new interview with Parade magazine.

Posted: 08/16/2013 04:15 PM EDT
Michelle Obama, Parade

(Photo: Parade Magazine, August 2013)

When you're the First Lady of the United States of America, there isn't much time to worry about getting older. In fact, Michelle Obama, who turns 50 on Jan. 17, says she is looking forward to it.

"I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman," Mrs. Obama said in a new interview with Parade magazine. She's taking care of herself through healthy eating and exercise and watching out for the occasional "aches and pains" ensures she will get the most from the coming years. "I want to be this really fly 80-, 90-year old," she said.

When it comes to raising daughters Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12, Mrs. Obama says that giving the girls room to flourish as they grow up is part of parenting. "I give them as long a leash as they can handle. What I tell my kids is, I’m preparing you for college and for life. So, having independence, knowing how to set your own boundaries, figuring out how to make that balance... We still have screen time rules," she said.

Obama also said that having an African-American family in the White House has "absolutely" contributed to positive change in this country. "Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States. That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender. It expands the scope of opportunity in their minds. And that’s where change happens."

One change admirers may notice with the First Lady is the absence of her trendy bangs that caused quite the stir in January. "You know, it’s hard to make speeches with hair in your face!" said Obama, whose personal style has become a fixture in fashion magazines and online. Being the busy woman that she is, we'd have to agree, although we certainly miss her soft fringe!


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