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Michelle Obama: My Bangs Were a 'Midlife Crisis!'

02/19/2013 at 10:04 AM ET

Michelle Obama Bangs Midlife Crisis
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When you’re the First Lady of the United States, you don’t have many options if you’re looking to act on a midlife crisis.

So Michelle Obama did what any woman looking to shake things up (within Secret Servce-approved parameters, of course) would do: cut her bangs.

“This is my midlife crisis, the bangs,” Obama joked on The Rachael Ray Show. “I couldn’t get a sports car. They won’t let me bungee-jump. So instead, I cut my bangs.”

And unlike many midlife crises, this one has gotten a big thumbs up from her spouse. “I love her bangs!” President Barack Obama said shortly after she cut them on her 49th birthday. “She always looks good.”

Not that she needed her husband’s approval, of course; though President Obama may be the leader of the free world, his wife is strictly the boss of her own hair. “I can do this,” she told Ray, smiling and gesturing to her new cut. “This is all mine.”

Tell us: Have you ever changed up your look impulsively? What do you think of Obama’s “midlife crisis”?

–Alex Apatoff

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Anonymous on

I think the bangs look really good on her. They soften up her face and give her a more youthful and friendly appearance. I think she looks great this way and I hope she keeps them.

Tara on

i love bangs! wish i could have bangs!

Carol on

You are still an amazon woman…

jn on

Agree with Pat, best wig she has ever owned….

Snow on

It’s funny women use bangs to cover their wrinkles, but the real secret is that if you get bangs at a young age, you will have much less forehead wrinkles (natural block from the sun). I’m in my 40s and have had bangs since I was a teen. Very little wrinkles on my forehead. She looks great. I think bangs are youthful looking too. Better than botox.

Guest on

I adore her, great wife, great mom, great first lady. And now with a great new look!

kim on

i think she looks 100 times better. love ‘em

Susan on

Regardless of how I feel about President Obama, Mrs. Obama looks lovely with her bangs. It’s sad how so many people (most of them are probably over 30 which is worse because I’d like to think that people mature with time) say cruel things about her – she’s intelligent, a good mother, and a strong and kind woman. Again, regardless of how I feel about President Obama’s way of governing, it’s quite pathetic how some women bash Mrs. Obama when her credentials (both personal and professional) are superior.

amber on

….you go girl….

Mitch on

EWWW! Ugliest woman on the planet no matter what style her hair is. Would have looked better had she just let her bangs cover her whole face!!!!!

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