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U.S First Lady celebrates her 48th birthday today
Posted: 16/01/2012 06:12 PM

MICHELLE OBAMA celebrates her 48th birthday today.

The US First Lady was raised by Marian and Frasier Robinson on the south side of Chicago with older brother Craig.

Following in the footsteps of Craig, Michelle decided to attend Princeton University where she majored in sociology and minored in African American studies. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

Soon after she joined Havard University where she acquired a degree in law.

She began working as associate at Sidley Austin law firm in Chicago in 1989, which is where she met Barack, whom she had been assigned to mentor as a summer associate. The couple married on October 3, 1992.

She is the mother of two girls, Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, whom she has devoted her time to. She declared herself as "Mum-in-Chief" when the family moved into the White House, following her husband's historical presidential win in 2008.

Although many publications have been fixated on her wardrobe, Michelle Obama transcends it all. She was listed among "25 of the World's Most Inspiring Women" by Essence magazine in 2006.

Michelle has used her role as First Lady to focus on issues concerning the military and working families as well fighting obesity in children.

We salute and honour a woman who has made being brainy and ambitious cool.