Take a Look at Malia Obama's Incredible Style Evolution
The First Daughter has literally grown up before our eyes since she entered public life in 2008 when her father, Barack Obama, first ran for president, and we've been lucky enough to watch her style transform over the years from sweet to sophisticated. After graduating from Sidwell Friends School in June, she's planning to take a gap year and then attend Harvard University in fall of 2017. She's not the first in her family to study at the Boston Ivy League: That's the university where both her parents earned law degrees.
"When I first elected to this office, Malia was just 10 and Sasha was 7. And they grow up too fast," the President toldEllen DeGeneres. "Malia's more than ready to leave. But I'm not ready for her to leave," said POTUS. "She's one of my best friends. And it's going to be hard for me not to have her around all the time. But she's ready to go. You can tell. She's just a really smart, capable person and she's ready to make her own way."
The past few months have been exciting for Malia as she and sister Sasha attended their first White House State Dinner (where they met Ryan Reynolds!) and took a historic trip to Cuba with Michelle and Barack. In fact, Malia, who speaks Spanish, took on the role of interpreter for her family! She continued her global travels when she accompanied her mom and sister to Liberia, Morocco, and Spain on a trip promoting the Let Girls Learn initiative.
In honor of her big day, take a look at how the eldest Obama daughter's style has transformed below. Happy birthday, Malia!
Malia Obama joined her family in an adorable pink frock, paired with white stockings and black Mary Jane shoes.
The 10-year-old wore a red silk taffeta dress made by Biscotti Inc. on election night in 2008.
Malia sported bright stripes while in Massachusetts.
She opted for a gray print dress and black-and-white floral cardigan for Sunday service.
The First Daughter shone in a satin yellow dress from Elizabeth and James.
Malia stayed on-trend with her cream peplum top and heart-shaped shades at the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2011.
The elder Obama sister pulled her hair back into a sleek bun to complement a classic pale purple frock.
Malia paired her floral pants with cream booties and topped off the look with a forest green jacket.
She chose an ASOS circle skirt, black top, and a hot pink Zara belt for election night in 2012.
The First Daughter walked hand-in-hand with her father, wearing a polka-dot button-front, navy blue blazer, and sand-colored skater skirt.
Malia's standout style item? Her neon green backpack.
The First Daughter styled her mint green sweater with a blue full skirt and brown stockings.
Malia paired her long black-and-white coat with a statement skirt.
She turned to Topshop for her floral crop skater dress.
Malia paired her light gray sweater with a plaid miniskirt, dark tights, and black ankle boots to attend the Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House.
She donned a red Kate Spade New York for her visit to the British Prime Minister's office in London.
The First Daughter chose a summery denim dress as she returned to the White House from a family vacation in Martha's Vineyard.
To support her dad during the White House's annual turkey pardon, Malia wore a black and white striped turtleneck from American Apparel and forest green A-line mini with tights.
Malia attended her first White House State Dinner in a stunning Naeem Khan strapless gown, styling her hair in loose curls and completing the look with a swipe of black eyeliner.
Malia touched down in Cuba with her sister Sasha by her side. The Obamas' oldest daughter expertly mixed prints in a white bell-sleeved top and darker patterned skirt.
The First Daughter accompanied her dad on a trip to Chicago wearing high-waisted jeans, a white tee, and a pink coat. She topped off her trendy look with black boots and a cream-colored backpack slung over one shoulder.
She demoed how to layer a tee under a dress while departing from L.A. with her dad in April. A cream-colored backpack and black Chelsea boots completed the look.
Malia looked on-trend in overalls, platform sandals, and boxer braids as she made her way to Air Force One for a flight to the national parks in New Mexico and California with her family in June.
She showed off her summer-ready style in a button-down seersucker slip dress, cream-colored sneakers, and two tight braids while in California with her family.
For the president's farewell address in Chicago, Malia paired a colorblock Cinq à Sept dress ($395; bloomingdales.com) with black ankle boots and a matching choker.
The teen arrived at the Weinstein Company for work in an olive green shirtdress (shop a similar style here) and color-block sneakers. She added a black leather backpack and a low bun to complete the casual office-ready look.