Happy Birthday, Malia Obama! See How Much Barack Obama's Daughters Have Grown Up Over the Years

Former first daughter and Sasha Obama are now 19 and 16, respectively

By McKenna Aiello Jul 04, 2017 11:00 AMTags

Time flies! 

All eyes have been on Malia Obama and Sasha Obama as they've grown up from little girls running through the White House to accomplished young women following in their accomplished 'rents footsteps. Barack Obama's daughters aren't so little anymore, with Malia celebrating her 19th birthday today. (On the Fourth of July, no less!) And last month, Sasha looked absolutely gorgeous at her sweet 16 birthday bash.

Malia has quite the year ahead, as she prepares for her first year of college at Harvard University. Impressive, right? She's also interned with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and worked with Lena Dunham on the set of Girls

Hollywood Gets Political

What better way to celebrate Malia's big day than with a trip down memory lane? It's hard to believe the nation met the former first daughters, then 9 and 6-years-old, back in 2008 when their father was elected POTUS. 

Now, this duo is taking the world by storm with fearless fashion (can't forget about Michelle Obama), a tight-knit bond and big ideas. Scroll down to see Malia and Sasha in every stage of adolescence. 

College Bound

After taking a gap year, Malia is enjoying her college years at the prestigious Harvard University. As for little sis Sasha, she is enrolled at the University of Michigan. 

End of an Era

The Obama family don their finest ensembles for their final Christmas card in the White House.

Air Force Wonderful

The sisters stick close to their respective parents while arriving in Martha's Vineyard for a weekend getaway in 2016.

Star Struck

Malia flashes her little sis an approving thumbs up while she earned some one-on-one time with none other than Ryan Reynolds at their first state dinner in 2016.

Rain, Rain Go Away

Upon touching down in Cuba in 2016, the Obama ladies look more than ready for their historic trip. 

All Grown Up

Former President Barack Obama's little girls prove they're not so little anymore while arriving at the 2015 turkey pardoning over the Thanksgiving holiday.

That's Amore

Malia and Sasha join their extremely accomplished mama on a trip to Italy in 2015.

Mama's Girls

The three Obama women cuddled closely for an adorable snapshot taken while visiting the Great Wall of China in 2014.

Come On, Dad

The teenagers begrudgingly carry on the Turkey Day tradition in 2013.

Purple Reign

The pair rock matching purple coats for their father's second inauguration ceremony after the 2012 presidential election.

Hello, America!

Right before delivering his 2012 acceptance speech, Obama graces the stage with the three most important women in his life.

Happy Holidays

Malia, Sasha and Michelle kick off the 2012 holiday season with the epic delivery of their 19-foot Christmas tree.

There's Our Guy

The 2012 Democratic National Convention brought the pair and their mama together in celebration of Obama's nomination.

Jingle Bells

The 2011 Christmas in Washington gala wouldn't be complete without an appearance from its most high-profile residents.

Together for the Holidays

TNT's Christmas in Washington event in 2010 brings the family together yet again.

Gobble, Gobble

The sisters are all smiles at their first-ever turkey pardoning event at the White House in 2009.

All Together Now

Malia and Sasha lovingly wrap their arms around their ‘rents for the official family portrait in 2009.

Rest and Relaxation

As is the tradition in the Obama family, the trio enjoys Christmas 2008 in Hawaii.

Meet the Obamas

The nation was introduced to the Obama girls early on during the 2008 presidential election.


A young Malia shares a bonding moment with her proud pops while on the campaign trail in 2007.

Humble Beginnings

When the White House was just a twinkle in this foursome's eyes, Obama's 2004 Senate run delivered this precious picture.

Happy birthday, Malia! Here's to your best year yet.