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    Michelle Obama Talks Bangs: "It's Hard to Make Speeches With Hair in Your Face!"

    Michelle Obama, Parade Magazine Ben Baker/Parade

    Ever wonder why Michelle Obama got rid of her headline-making bangs?

    Well, the FLOTUS has a very practical answer for why she grew out her trendy fringe, which caused a media frenzy back in January of this year.

    "You know, it's hard to make speeches with hair in your face!" Obama tells the latest issue of Parade. Fair enough!

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    Bangs or no bangs, Obama, who turns 50 in January, is as happy as ever. "I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman," Barack Obama's other half admits. "But I am constantly thinking about my own health and making sure that I'm eating right and getting exercise and watching the aches and pains. I want to be this really fly 80, 90-year-old."

    Besides turning 50, Obama will soon face nother milestone: sending 15-year-old daughter Malia to college in a few years. "You know, I am really trying to tone that way down," she said. "Because kids are under unreasonable pressure, and it can destroy a high school experience."

    "I give them as long a leash as they can handle," Obama said of parenting Malia and 12-year-old Sasha. "What I tell my kids is, I'm preparing you for college and for life. So, having independence, knowing how to set your own boundaries, figuring out how to make that balance."

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