But as I settled into a folding chair onstage and started watching the performance … something inside me began to quake. I almost felt myself falling backward into my own past. Sabrina Chowdhury, now 25 and a primary school teacher, was one of a handful of Year 11 girls picked to greet the first lady on that bright April morning.
But as I got older I realized that what I really wanted to become was a journalist, specifically a foreign correspondent. Even with this, I never really thought that I would ever step foot in the White House, much less meet first lady Michelle Obama. She always worried though that being a minority would limit her options, as she sensed a lack of Filipino American women at the top of the news business.
The year-old daughter of the 44th President of the United States managed to stun the Internet for all of the right reasons with her gorgeous prom photos. But on Friday night, Sasha did just that and got all dolled up to attend her high school prom. Opting for a floor-length, black, form-fitting dress with a high slit and bare shoulders, Sasha was the definition of chic.
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Several hundred teenagers packed the school gym where Obama talked on stage to three former students she had met on a previous visit, who are now excelling in their chosen fields from law to science. There was a lot of love and excitement in the room. The former US first lady has a longstanding relationship with EGA — named for Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, a suffragist and the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon — and with Mulberry School, which was also represented at the event.
Thirteen-year-old Jenna Shahi and year-old April Carney made me cry a little bit on Thursday night. The two young women were part of the sold-out crowd that heard Michelle Obama speak at the Rogers Arena stop of her book tour for Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama. Mom Jas Shahi said she brought her daughter Jenna because Obama was a role model for the year-old.
Michelle Obama announced that she will spearhead a new initiative to support adolescent girls' education around the world, per a CNN op-ed. What's happening: Obama's Global Girls Alliance will seek to empower and connect grassroots organizations that already exist and are working to eliminate hurdles to girls' education through scholarships and mentorship programs. Obama said the organization will work to identify programs that need support and has partnered with GoFundMe to create a social fundraising platform.
Malia famously cheered on Sasha with a thumbs up when the younger Obama met Ryan Reynolds at a Canada state dinner in March Sasha and her parents stayed in Washington, D. The Obamas have kept a relatively low profile since they departed the White House.
I feel like a big brother watching my little sister go to the prom. Sasha Obama is such a beauty. And shout out to the simplicity of her dress.
Michelle Obama is officially back with a new initiative post—White House, and true to form, she's using her platform to stand up for girls globally. Its mission is right in line with much of the work Obama did during her time in Washington, D. According to program, 98 million girls are not in school. But with the alliance, and some help from community, Obama intends to change that alarmingly high number.