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Becoming Malia Obama …(not yet)

18.03.2019 | By ELENA LONGARI

We have been looking at those kids who we all have heard of because of who their parents are, with promises of bright futures written in the stars or breaking the circle of family addictions, or following their parents footsteps to the very millimeter. Today is the turn of the ‘child of famous person’ by excellence. If we were to draw a chart of who will carry the double side of this ‘passport’ trait, the path to success is lit but you’d have to walk it with a hefty burden over your shoulders, the first place would go to her.

Malia Obama, as in Barack & Michelle Obama’s daughter.

Private is luxury

Becoming the daughter of the president of the United States – yup, you become that – surely isn’t like being one of the Kardashians or any other personality from the showbiz. Politics is no showbiz, although in some countries is not uncommon that one can recycles themselves from TV to Government, even from the porn industry to government.

Malia was only 11 years old when her father ran for president and subsequently moved into the White House. Can you even picture life when entering your teen years and the different types of drama Malia Obama must have gone through? Security, privacy, policies, timetables, what to wear, what to say, what cannot be said. To me, it doesn’t look all rock n roll. Everyone, forever, is watching you.


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Born on the 4th of July

In a greater cosmic order of things, destiny wanted that Malia Obama never had a proper birthday like the other ‘ordinary’ kids, except those born on Christmas Day or on New Year’s Eve. The Obama’s first daughter was actually born on the 4th of July, that’s a bummer!


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What does Malia Obama do?

As per other  ‘presidential kids’, Malia graduated from the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. At age 17 she did an internship over the summer in 2014 and 2015 working in television studios in New York and Los Angeles for TV shows Girls and as a production assistant on Extant, a miniseries featuring Halle Berry as lead.

Halle Berry said on Andy Cohen’s show about her experience working with Obama’s daughter :

She was down to do whatever a PA is asked to do, and I had wild respect for her for that. Everybody couldn’t really see her as a PA, although she tried and tried to be one. We just couldn’t really see her as one, but to her credit, she tried very hard to be one.


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After that in 2017 she took a gap year in which she did many things and one of them was to work at The Weinstein Co. in New York, when all the other Obamas were going back to civilian life in Kalorama D.C. In August of the same year she had already enrolled at Harvard.

Has she been  ever an ordinary girl?

Michelle Obama said on the Ellen Degeneres show how Barack commented on her daughter’s drive to her prom:

‘My daughter is going to prom followed by men with guns’

as Malia got for the first time to drive in ‘someone’s else car’, escorted by three security cars to her prom.

In 2014 she was already named together with her sister Sasha as one of the 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014’ by Time Magazine. Malia Obama’s went from baby girl to young girl, to grown woman whilst her parents changed history, only.

And yes, the media did pick up on a high girl probably smoking a joint at a concert, in a State where it is illegal (Illinois).

And yes, she has grown into a woman, and now we have grown an interest in who she’s dating. If you really want to know, the name is Rory Farquharson; British, wealthy, met at Harvard. Gossip aside, if we were to answer this question ourselves, we would do it with Obama’s words on what he wants for his girls:

to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world

The only piece of advice we would give her is to avoid appearing in a friend’s music video to then be edited out. In September 2018 she did her first cameo appearance in New Dakota’s video and we all rushed to check it out: funny enough, the bit with Malia is no longer part of the video.

What is Malia’s Becoming?