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When Michelle Obama cut her fringe recently, she dominated the news cycle for days, even pushing her husband's White House win out of the headlines.

The President duly announced that he loved his wife's new bangs, while the ever-opinionated Karl Lagerfeld was less enthusiastic, suggesting the new 'do made Michelle look like a news anchor.

The FLOTUS fringe even got its own Twitter account, @MichellesBangs, run by American comic MK Paulsen.

It turns out however that Michelle's haircut was part of a midlife crisis makeover.

“This is my mid-life crisis, the bangs," she told Rachael Ray in an interview that airs in the US today. "I couldn't get a sports car. They won't let me bungee jump. So instead, I cut my bangs."

The stylish, not to mention accomplished, first lady debuted her new hairstyle on January 17, which also happened to be her 49th birthday.

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