Michelle Obama Hair Pictures Continue to Inspire

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Whether she inspires criticism or compliments, debate over Michelle Obama's hair has not ceased in nearly a year and a half, nor is it likely to soon.

When the First Lady of the U.S. attended a country-music event in July without a single strand of hair falling below her jaw, the blogs went bonkers.

Her press secretary had to issue a statement that there was no Michelle haircut, just a new hairstyle. A summer look, simply "pinned up." Obviously.

Many dismiss attention paid to Michelle Obama's hair as mere celebrity gossip fodder, not unlike chatter over her sleeveless dresses, J. Crew cardigans, stocking-free legs or stunning decision to wear shorts to the Grand Canyon.

But for women, and African-Americans in particular, Michelle's hairstyles "command unique interest and carry cultural baggage," according to Time.

Michelle Obama Time Cover

Media and pop cultural obsession with Michelle Obama's hair is nothing new.

Widespread interest in Michelle's hairstyles took hold before her husband was even elected, and the First Lady hasn't even done anything outrageous.

Heck, her new updo wasn't really all that dramatic a departure from variations we've seen on her before (the "flip-out," the "flip-under," the "helmet").

Still, her hair is now a catalyst for debate that begins purely with style but "quickly transcends appearance and ultimately transcends Michelle herself." 

Michelle Obama is, like it or not, the "preeminent African-American women's status and style symbol in terms of her beauty, acceptance and power."

All in all, we think she thrives in that weighty role. Click to enlarge the Michelle Obama pictures below and see which hairstyles you like and dislike ...

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Miranda

She is another Kenndy I can tell you that, the way that she dresses and wears her hair not to many people can pull that off, but she is able to.

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She is a black woman and possesses all the features of a black woman. Attractive to some - unattractive to others. He, on the other hand, is homely.

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NO man shes blank and ugly ..Hate her patel (INDIA)

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I LOVE HER AND HER HAIR STYLE IS GETTING BETTER. I LOVE IT IN A "GOOD PAGEBOY" WITH NO SEPARATION STRANDS. i WOULD GIVE HER A BIG HUG AND EVEN HER HUSBAND. AFTER ALL I DID VOTE FOR HIM.

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She shows her arms I hope she will for years to come. I loVE the way she Does her hairNOW and She is NO MISSdowty" I LOVE HER AND WISH I COULD SEE MORE OF HER. i WOULD LOVE TO MEET HER AND GIVE HER A HUG EVEN THOUGH I AM WHITE!! I VOTED FOR HER HUSBAND!

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She's stunningly beautiful; doesn't matter what she does with her hair!