Michelle Obama's New Hairdo 'Bangtastic'

First lady's new look called youthful, chic

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 18, 2013 8:53 AM CST

(Newser) – Michelle Obama kicked off her new Twitter account (@FLOTUS) and her 49th birthday with a new hairdo yesterday, sending the Internet into a tizzy over her bangs. It's a departure for the first lady, who usually sports a loose semi-bob or pulls her hair back tightly. But what do fashionistas think?

  • "Bangtastic," writes the New York Daily News, calling her new look "a chic, youthful new 'do."

  • "We're loving Michelle's new look!" writes E! Online.
  • "Super cute, Michelle O.!" is Vanity Fair's verdict, noting her bangs descend from a lineage that includes Brigitte Bardot and Taylor Swift.
  • "In an age of the overused term 'style icon,' Mrs. Obama proves again she is one of the few modern women to deserve it," writes the Daily Mail.

In this image released by the White House, first lady Michelle Obama sports a new hairdo yesterday as she greets David Hall, one of eight citizen co-chairs for the Inauguration, in the White House.   (AP Photo/The White House, Lawrence Jackson)
Michelle Obama is earning plenty of praise for her new hairdo, unveiled in a Twitter pic last night.   (Lawrence Jackson/White House)
This May 19, 2010 file photo shows first lady Michelle Obama at a State Dinner at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)
This Jan. 19, 2011 file photo shows President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the North Portico of the White House in Washington as they the arrival of China's President Hu Jintao for the...   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)
First lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha smile together as they return from vacationing in Hawaii, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, left, talk before the start of a memorial service for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Sunday,...   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
First lady Michelle Obama shows the lollipop she decorated during a holiday decoration preview at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama, right, and first lady Michelle Obama, left, have their first dance of the evening during the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Michelle Obama waits for the start of the White House music series celebrating country music in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
First lady Michelle Obama hosts an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, celebrating women in the military.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
Michelle Obama pauses while addressing the crowd during the 2007 Facing History and Ourselves benefit dinner at the Hilton Chicago Hotel on Friday, May 4, 2007, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Jerry Lai)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama's hair is disheveled by the wind as she and President Barack Obama, behind her obscured, are greeted by dignitaries after disembarking from Air Force One as they arrive...   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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