How Malia Obama blossomed from awkward teen to America's next style icon
Malia Obama, who looks every bit as poised and elegant as her mother, has taken the awkward out of adolescence with ease.
In the weeks since election night, the emerging styles of the Obama daughters, and especially Malia, has taken centre stage.
The 14-year-old has blossomed from the President's wide-eyed "baby" into a self-assured young woman who has inherited her mother's confidence, bold fashion sense and looks.
Wearing a shiny blue full skirt from ASOS with a neon pink Zara belt, and J. Crew flats, Malia proved that she has inherited Michelle's classic but bold sensibility on election night - seamlessly following in her well-heeled footsteps.
"The torch has been passed," the Daily Mail quoted designer Gregory Parkinson, who sent out a press release after a recent sighting of the White House's resident teenager, as saying.
Lucky magazine's executive fashion director, Alexis Bryan Morgan, also complimented the teenager's sense of style.
"I'm hard pressed to think of anyone, period, who had such great style potential at 14," Morgan told USA Today.
"She has all the elements that make a great fashionista. It's really exceptional," he said.
Malia, standing nearly as tall as her 5-foot-11 mother, now carries herself with confidence, striding alongside her mother like two-peas-in-a-poised-pod.
Unlike many teens unused to their new height, she shows no trace of awkwardness or embarrassment, instead, she embraces her lean figure with smart, yet bang-on-trend, wardrobe choices.
"How her mother dresses is obviously rubbing off on Malia," Seventeen fashion director Gina Kelly said.
"It's very pretty and feminine. It's a little bit preppy-classic, but it's never boring," Kelly said.
Recent appearances throughout Washington D.C. have proved that she can certainly hold her own in the style stakes, mixing and matching bold colours and layers like a pro.
"She's smart in that she seems to be aware so many eyes are on he," Morgan said.
"But her style seems very genuine. It doesn't look like somebody just put something on her on election night. She's adding her own twist and having fun. You can't really have style unless you're being true to herself," Morgan added.