In his book Michelle Obama: A Life, Peter Slevin traces the first lady’s life from working-class Chicago roots to a confident university student to the woman in the White House.
All along that trajectory, a special awareness of her roots has shaped her, making her a self-conscious college student when she collided with the wealth and glamour of her richer classmates at Princeton, a driven and tenacious law student and ultimately, the self-possessed woman who would go on to meet the future president at a Chicago law firm after graduation. What has it looked like to grow up Michelle Obama? We took a look back and gathered some photos from her adolescence and early adulthood. Here’s what she looked like before she could grab headlines just by getting bangs. Above, Michelle Robinson’s yearbook photo from grade school in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.