BLACK VOICES
01/17/2013 09:26 am ET | Updated Jan 17, 2013

Michelle Obama's Birthday: FLOTUS Turns 49, A Look Back At Her Pre-White House Style (PHOTOS)

Happy 49th Birthday, Michelle Obama!

It goes without saying that we're huge fans of Michelle Obama around these parts. What's not to love? She super smart, a great mom, loving wife and can dress her tush off. (And let's not forget she knows how to Dougie)

We've followed her every fashionable move over the past four years and we're thrilled for the opportunity to do it again as she embarks on her next term as Commander-in-Chic.

But let's take a moment to look back at Michelle's path to stealing our hearts and rise to style icon. Being the social media savvy folks that we are, it only seemed right to dedicate a #TBT (aka Throwback Thursday) post to our lovely FLOTUS.

So, in celebration of Michelle's 49th birthday, we've handpicked our favorite images from before she stepped foot in the White House--further proof that she definitely had the style, grace and so much more to be our First Lady. Enjoy!

Michelle Obama: Before She Was FLOTUS

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