Malia Obama turned 23 on Sunday coinciding with Fourth of July celebrations across the country.
On social media Malia’s parents, former President Barack Obama and Forever FLOUTS Michelle Obama, wrote heartfelt tributes to their firstborn daughter on social media.
“Happy Fourth of July, and Happy Birthday, Malia!” Obama began captioning a photo of the two in a candid moment when Malia was elementary school age. “It’s been such a joy to watch you begin to make your own way in the world with poise, grace, and humor. I miss the days when you thought the fireworks were for you.”
Mom Michelle Obama followed moments later with a candid memory of her own.
“Happy Fourth of July, everybody—and also, happy 23rd birthday to our dear Malia! It’s been a few years since we took this photo, but I know that she’ll always be my sweet little girl. Malia, we love you, and are so excited to see what this year will bring for you!”
Since entering the White House the Obama children Malia and Sasha have endured a great deal of attention but always endured grace under pressure. Watching them grow from young, adventurous girls to independent, autonomous women
Malia began her White House journey at the age of 10 and left the White House at 18, leaving the nest for a gap year where she continued her interest by interning on different sets in the entertainment industry working with superstars like Halle Berry and Beyonce. Malia entered Harvard University in 2017 and graduated this past spring.
As she moves into adulthood, she celebrated landing her first major Hollywood gig and will be a writer on Donald Glover’s upcoming Amazon series reportedly inspired by Beyonce, titled “Hive.”
In her personal life, Malia has found love with Rory Farquharson, a British student she met during her time at Harvard. Rory was even invited to quarantine with the family during the onset of the coronavirus.
“There was this whole visa thing, he had a job set up, and so we took him in,” Obama said during an episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast. “And I didn’t want to like him, but he’s a good kid.”
“The only thing you discover, this is not a surprise to you Bill because you’ve got a son, young men eat. It’s weird to watch them consume food. And my grocery bill went up about 30 percent,” he jokingly continued.
But in short, Malia’s parents hope that what lies ahead will be filled with more self-discovery and fulfillment and that she will be allowed to live in her authentic self without worrying about the ills of the world.
“I am excited for her next chapter,” Michelle Obama told CBS anchor Gayle King in May. “That’s why I want to be as excited as every parent. I don’t want to worry about her entering a world where she has to worry about how people will treat her because of the color of her skin.”
1. Obama Family, Election Night, 2008Source:Getty
As the 44th President of the United States of America Barack Obama takes the stage, with his daughters Sasha and Malia and wife Michelle at his side, at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. (Photo by Nikki Kahn The Washington Post via Getty Images) photography,horizontal,usa,adult,females,women,daughter,barack obama,illinois,chicago – illinois,wife,human interest,grant park,president,michelle obama,sasha obama,malia obama
2. Malia and Sasha Obama, Inauguration, 2009Source:Getty
(012009 Washington, DC) Malia, 10, and Sasha Obama, 7, wait for their dad to enter for his inauguration, Tuesday, January 20, 2009. Photo by Angela Rowlings. (Photo by Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images) vertical,color image,photography,usa,father,entrance,waiting,human interest,sasha obama,malia obama,entering
3. Malia Obama, Easter, 2011Source:Getty
Malia, daughter of US President Barack Obama, sits with Bo, the family dog, while her parents read to children during the annual Easter egg roll April 25, 2011 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) vertical,photography,celebrities,arts culture and entertainment,family,usa,celebration,sitting,females,daughter,child,politics,government,barack obama,us president,international landmark,washington dc,parent,annual event,reading,human interest,president,white house – washington dc,easter,easter egg,malia obama,dog,south lawn,animal themes,domestic animals,white house easter egg roll,bo – obama family dog,politics and government
4. Malia and Sasha Obama, Inauguration, 2013Source:Getty
(L-R) Malia Obama and Sasha Obama arrive during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the US Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States AFP PHOTO/POOL/WIN MCNAMEE (Photo credit should read WIN MCNAMEE/AFP via Getty Images) horizontal,usa,arrival,politics,government,washington dc,sasha obama,malia obama,presidential inauguration
5. Obama Family, Easter, 2015Source:Getty
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 05: U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) pose for a family portrait with their pets Bo and Sunny in the Rose Garden of the White House on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images) vertical,photography,family,usa,portrait,females,daughter,politics,barack obama,us president,washington dc,michelle obama,sasha obama,malia obama,white house rose garden,easter sunday,pets,bo – obama family dog,politics and government,sunny – obama family dog
6. Malia and Sasha Obama, Selma 50, 2015Source:Getty
Malia Obama (L) and Sasha Obama (R), US President Barack Obama‘s daughters, arrive for an event marking the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 2015. US President Barack Obama rallied a new generation of Americans to the spirit of the civil rights struggle, warning their march for freedom “is not yet finished.” In a forceful speech in Selma, Alabama on the 50th anniversary of the brutal repression of a peaceful protest, America’s first black president denounced new attempts to restrict voting rights. AFP PHOTO/ SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) horizontal,usa,arrival,females,daughter,politics,government,barack obama,us president,event,gulf coast states,sasha obama,malia obama,memorial event,montgomery – alabama,50th anniversary,2015,selma – alabama,edmund pettus bridge,bloody sunday – alabama – 1965,alabama – us state
7. Malia Obama, Turkey Pardon, 2015Source:Getty
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 25: Malia Obama, daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama, participates in the turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House November 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. In a tradition dating back to 1947, the president pardons a turkey, sparing the tom — and his alternate — from becoming a Thanksgiving Day feast. This year, Americans were asked to choose which of two turkeys would be pardoned and to cast their votes on Twitter. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) vertical,photography,people,one person,usa,headshot,smiling,females,daughter,politics,government,barack obama,us president,washington dc,ceremony,human interest,white house – washington dc,malia obama,white house rose garden,politics and government,participant,2015,thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony,thanksgiving – holiday
8. Malia Obama, State Dinner, 2016Source:Getty
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 10: Malia Obama attends a State Dinner at the White House March 10, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Hosted by President and First Lady Obama, the dinner is in honor of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and First Lady Sophie Gregoire Trudeau of Canada. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) photography,people,one person,attending,horizontal,usa,headshot,smiling,females,canada,daughter,politics,government,barack obama,us president,washington dc,incidental people,president,white house – washington dc,malia obama,diplomacy,honor,prime minister,politics and government,state dinner,justin trudeau,sophie grégoire
9. Obama Family, Obama’s Farewell Address, 2017Source:Getty
US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) and US President Barack Obama greet supporters as daughter Malia looks on after the President delivered his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois on January 10, 2017. Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters shaken by Donald Trump’s shock election. / AFP / Joshua LOTT (Photo credit should read JOSHUA LOTT/AFP via Getty Images) photography,horizontal,usa,females,looking,daughter,politics,barack obama,us president,illinois,chicago – illinois,separation,greeting,michelle obama,speech,supporter,malia obama,politics and government
10. Malia Obama and Rory Farquharson, 2018Source:Getty
NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Rory Farquharson,Malia Obama are seen on January 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images) photography,celebrities,people,arts culture and entertainment,horizontal,usa,topix,new york city,two people,three quarter length,candid,celebrity sightings,malia obama,rory farquharson