(January 17, 1964)
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States. As the First Lady, she has become a fashion icon and role model for women, and a promoter of poverty awareness, nutrition and healthy eating.
Michelle Robinson was born on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. Michelle grew up in Chicago’s South Shore community area. She was raised in what she describes as a “conventional” home, with “the mother at home, the father works, and you have dinner around the table”. She skipped the second grade and by sixth grade had joined a gifted class at her Elementary School. In her high school years, she was on the honor roll for all four years, took advanced placement classes, was a member of the National Honor Society and served as student council treasurer. She graduated in 1981 as the salutatorian of her class.