Americans weren’t ready for my natural hair

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is opening up about the pressures of playing it straight.

The mother of two, 58, revealed how she felt Americans “weren’t ready” for her natural hair as they were still “getting adjusted” to having a black first family in the White House.

She made made the revelation during an on-stage chat with interviewer Ellen DeGeneres in Washington, DC earlier this week, the Independent reported.

She noted how she kept her mane straight as can be while living in la Casa Blanca.

While promoting her new book, “The Light We Carry,” the best-selling author recalled how she decided: “Let me keep my hair straight.”

“Let’s get healthcare passed [first]. They tripped out when Barack wore a tan suit,” she added, recalling the controversy then-President Barack Obama, 61, faced in 2014 when he sported the outfit.

“The great indignity, the scandal of the Obama administration,” she quipped. “The code of ethics at a workplace, as Black women we deal with it, the whole thing about ‘do you show up with your natural hair?’”

Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres speak onstage during the “Michelle Obama: The Light We Carry Tour” at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC on Nov. 15.
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She even spoke about the instances when she would joke with her staff about changing up her look — adding that they would get scared.

“I would get my staff all worried, too. I was like, ‘I was thinking about getting braids,’” Obama said.

“That’s the African American experience … but women in offices that are worried, ‘Should I wear skirts? Should I wear pantyhose?’ I hate pantyhose.”

The Chicago native continued: “But when you’re carrying all this other stuff, this mask, these differences and you’re trying to do your job, it’s just an extra burden on overcoming.”

She was also recently the guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to chat about her new book.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks onstage during the Michelle Obama: The Light We Carry Tour at Warner Theatre on November 15, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Live Nation)
The attorney noted she felt that Americans “weren’t ready” for her to wear her braided hair while her husband was in office.
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The book was her “little Covid project,” and is filled with methods she utilized to deal with the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

“The goal from me, through this book, is to start a conversation,” she explained to Colbert. “We need to reconnect.”