Happy birthday Malia! As the First Teen hits 14, her transformation from the President's 'baby girl' to confident young fashion maven
08:57 GMT, 5 July 2012
Looking every bit as poised and elegant as her mother, the long-limbed first daughter takes the awkward out of adolescence with ease.
As she turns 14 today, Malia Obama is blossoming from the President's wide-eyed 'baby' into a self-assured young woman who has inherited her mother's confidence and bold fashion sense.
Since becoming the White House's resident teenager last Independence Day, she has slowly started to tick off some age-appropriate milestones – like her first mobile phone.
Colour-blocking: Looking bold and bright, Malia (left) cheers at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll in April, 2012 with Sasha (middle) and Michelle (right)
Michelle Obama admitted last month that she ‘scared the
heck’ out of Malia with ‘days of lectures’ on the dangers of talking to
strangers before handing the device over.
although the 14-year-old, and her younger sister Sasha, 11, are
forbidden from using Facebook until they are 17, Malia seems to be
growing up like any other teenager, taking her first daughter responsibilities in her stride.
Birthday wishes: Michelle Obama wishes her daughter a happy 14th birthday on Twitter
Growing up: The lanky Malia Obama has inherited her mother's confidence and fashion sense, seen in Maryland on June 15, 2012 (left), on Thanksgiving 2011 (middle) and in Washington on October 16, 2011 (right)
appearances throughout Washington D.C. have proven she can certainly hold her own in the
style stakes, mixing and matching bold colours and layers like a pro.
Always standing tall and confident, Malia now matches her mother's 5ft 11in, and if she continues to grow, it won't be long before she catches up with her father, who is 6ft 1in tall.
Last year: Malia Obama, pictured at age 13, was beginning to grow a strong sense of personal style. At the White House Easter
Egg Roll in April (left), in Santiago (centre) and Brazil (right) on a
tour of South America
Unlike many teens unused to their new
height, she shows no trace of awkwardness or embarrassment, instead,
she embraces her lean figure with smart, yet bang-on-trend, wardrobe
she opts for occasion-appropriate tailored coats, smart dresses and
blouses for formal occasions, she manages to seamlessly add youthful and
quirky elements to each look, be it a thigh-skimming miniskirt or
chunky biker boots.
Overgrowing dad: Nearly as tall as her president father, Malia walks to Air Force One in Cape Cod on August 29, 2010 (left), and a year prior Malia leaves the Giolitti Ice Cream parlour in Rome with a bodyguard on July 8, 2009
Three year difference: A much more babyfaced Malia (right) and her sister Sasha (left) in January 2009 at a parade for their father's inauguration
Growing up in the spotlight: Malia aged ten, enjoying her first taste of fame as she celebrates her father's victory in the 2008 Presidential Election at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois
has started to wear make-up too – with her mother's wise counsel to
guide her. In an appearance on The View last year, Mrs Obama revealed:
'We do a lot of talking. Sometimes it's too much.
our… military families tour, I came in, it was 10.30 at night – we
were beat, we did four cities in two days, and Malia's like, “Ma, I need
to talk to you.”
Skater girl: Malia roller-skates with Barack Obama in Indiana during the election campaign on May 3, 2008 (left), just a year after hanging out in New Hampshire on May 28, 2007 (right) with her then senator dad
'And it was 10.30 and we talked. And we talked, and we talked. We talked about make-up, actually.'
In fact, it seems the only person struggling with Malia's coming-of-age is the President himself.
He admitted in an interview last year, before her two-inch growth spurt: 'Even though she's 5ft 9in, she's still my baby.
Family fun: Malia at age eight in Disneyland, with Sasha, 5, and Michelle Obama (left), and then in a quick family portrait on January 4, 2005 (right)
Six going on 16: Malia at age six with Barack Obama in November 2, 2004 (left) and in the beginning at age 18months (right) in Chicago on primary day, March 21, 2000 with her parents
she just got braces, which is good, because she looks like a kid and
she was getting … she's starting to look too old for me.
One occasion in particular, came as a shock, as his wife revealed on The View.
said: 'He says he's cool, but you know… The first time Malia went out
for a party and she was dressed, she had her hair done and she's tall,
she had on a pretty dress, you could see him, he was sort of like…
gulp. And I was like, “Easy dad.”'