Five Epic Moments From Michelle Obama At The Essence Festival

Michelle Obama chatted during the 2019 ESSENCE Festival with curly hair. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

Five Epic Moments From Michelle Obama At The Essence Festival

Our forever FLOTUS never disappoints.

Published July 8th

There’s no denying that Michelle Obama is our forever FLOTUS.  As the first Black First Lady, she has not only portrayed class, sophistication, style, and overall good judgment as the wife of President Barack Obama, but she has also served as an amazing role model for women everywhere.

Over the weekend, she headed to New Orleans to celebrate #BlackGirlMagic at the 2019 Essence Festival, and per usual, the 55-year-old didn’t disappoint.

From her impeccable curls to being open about her White House experience, keep scrolling to see the five most epic moments from Michelle Obama at the Essence Festival. 

  1. The Hair Was Everything
    Michelle Obama chatted during the 2019 ESSENCE Festival with curly hair. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

    While walking onstage at the Superdome for the 25th annual Essence Festival on Saturday night, Mrs. Obama’s caused a frenzy for not only styling to perfection in her sparkly midnight blue jumpsuit but also for her beautiful curly hair. 

    See how #BlackTwitter reacted below: 

  2. Destroying The “Angry Black Woman” Stereotype

    While sitting down with Gayle King, Michelle candidly opened up about the scrutiny of her family experience during their eight years in the White House, including the stereotype of being labeled an "angry black woman." 

    “'People from all sides, Democrats and Republicans, tried to take me out by the knees,” Michelle said. “And the best way they could do it was to focus on the strength of the Black woman, so they turned that into a caricature.”

    The Chicago lawyer turned First Lady, added, “For a minute there, I was an angry Black woman who was emasculating her husband.” 

  3. Why Women Need To Put Themselves First

    While discussing how she’s “rediscovering” her husband now that her children are older, Michelle expressed why she strongly believes in women putting themselves first with self-care. 

    “We have a hard time putting ourselves on our own priority list, let alone at the top of it and that’s what happens when it comes to our health as women,” Michelle shared. “We are so busy giving and doing for others that we almost feel guilty to take that time out for ourselves. We are trained that way and we have a different set of conversations to untrain us. It’s not something that’s going to happen overnight.”

    She added, “‘Because forget what anyone says, we still control what happens in the household so if we don’t have our act together as women, as mothers, as grandmothers, we still aren’t going to be able to get our kids on track. So we have to start having some conversations about, number one, why this is so hard as women to put ourselves first.”

    Well said.

  4. Detailing Her Teary-Eyed Departure Of The White House

    During the nearly hour-long interview at the Essence Festival, our forever FLOTUS shared details about the night before the inauguration of President Trump in January 2017 at the White House. 

    “The transition happens so quickly; it’s like you don’t even get to move your furniture out until the new president takes the oath of office,” Michelle recalled.

    According to Mrs. Obama, her daughters Sasha and Malia requested to have a final sleepover with their friends the night before they moved out. Naturally, the next day, tears shed as they said their goodbyes to staff members. 

    “It was a lot emotionally,” Michelle shared, admitting she dried her tears before the Trump family came over for tea “because people would think that I was crying for other reasons.”

  5. No Comment On The Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Tiff

    When asked if she has any thoughts on the Kamala Harris-Joe Biden feud, Michelle simply responded, "I've been doing this rodeo far too long… and no comment."

Per usual, our forever FLOTUS slayed this year’s Essence Festival. We are so thankful to live in an era with a role model like Michelle Obama. 

Written by Tweety Elitou

(Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images)


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