Barack Obama Talks Upbringing, Wife & Daughters On InStyle Magazine’s Special Issue

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Former US President, Barack Obama looks dapper as he graces the special cover story of InStyle Magazine‘s January 2021 issue captured by fashion photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis.

The 59-year-old, who released his much-awaited memoir “A Promised Land” this week, in an interview with InStyle, opens up about his admiration for the three most influential women in his life.

According to Obama, his wife and two daughters have helped shape the man he is today. When asked to name the “most badass thing” about Michelle, Malia and Sasha, Obama lavished praise on all three women, saying “They all have multiple badass qualities.”

The former American leader began by describing his wife of 28 years. “I think people know Michelle well enough to know how amazing she can be as a public speaker,” he said. “They probably are less aware of what it’s like to work out with Michelle when she’s really in her groove. And sometimes that includes her boxing. You don’t want to get in the way when she’s working on a bag – including some kicks. There’s force there.”

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Obama then moved on to his youngest 19-year-old daughter, Sasha, 19, and said he admires her independence and commitment to her own views. He also went on to recall one example of how his daughter has always been strong-willed.

“Sasha is, as Malia describes it, completely confident about her own take on the world and is not cowed or intimidated — and never has been — by anybody’s titles, anybody’s credentials. If she thinks something’s wrong or right, she will say so,” he said.

Praising his eldest 22-year-old daughter Malia for her joyful personality, he said, “And Malia, she is just buoyant. She’s somebody who enjoys people, enjoys life, and enjoys conversation. She’s never bored, which is a badass quality that can take you places.”

Obama also opens up about his relationship with his mother, Ann Dunham, who died in 1995 and upbringing in Hawaii, in the new memoir. In an excerpt shared with InStyle, Obama describes how his mother gave him a strong moral compass.

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