Naturally, this particular piece expressed epic opposition to her new look, and it wasn’t as though some other hairstyle would have elicited a big thumbs up, either. But progressives, too, were talking about the tresses — a lot. And given that our reaction to any first lady’s looks say far more about us than about her, why is it again that we care?
I support every woman’s right to change it up every now and again, but am a bangs moderate, neither pro nor con, and mainly just glad for the first lady’s sake that she’s a beautiful woman, because anyone in that role has to endure such scrutiny of every aspect of her appearance.
As on just about any topic I can think of, however, there’s considerable disagreement among ‘She the People’ writers on the new ‘do.
Krissah Thompson: The timing of Michelle Obama’s new hairstyle intrigued me, because I have always given hairdos special significance. I don’t know any black woman who doesn’t have a hair story! Changing hairstyles, for me, is a signal of a new season in my life. The first lady’s new haircut was slyly unveiled by her staff on Twitter on her birthday, the weekend of her husband’s second inauguration, near the start of a new year. It is a new term — of course she has a new do.