Michelle Obama neglected wellness routine after becoming a mother

Michelle Obama has had to learn to put her health first after neglecting herself when she became a mother. The former U.S. First Lady and bestselling author of Becoming is now helping to inspire other women to do the same. “We (as women) have to ow…

Michelle Obama has had to learn to put her health first after neglecting herself when she became a mother.

The former U.S. First Lady and bestselling author of Becoming is now helping to inspire other women to do the same.

“We (as women) have to own our health. It’s one of these things that no one can take from you,” she said during the Essence Festival in New Orleans over the weekend.

Michelle, who led a major child health and fitness campaign during her husband Barack Obama’s presidency, believes women need to “un-train” each other when it comes to prioritising wellness.

“When it comes to our health as women, we are so busy giving and doing for others that we almost feel guilty to take that time out for ourselves,” the 55-year-old added.

The former lawyer also noted how eye-opening it was when the former U.S. leader managed to keep up with his fitness routine after they welcomed daughters Malia, 21, and Sasha, 18.

“A lot of mothers will understand this, because I found myself looking around after I had my kids, and I didn’t have time for me, but my husband was at the gym every day. And I was like, ‘Well, how are you going to the gym?’ He was like, ‘I make time for the gym.’ I was like, ‘What?'”

These days, Michelle makes time for weights and heavy cardio to “things like yoga that will keep me flexible.”

She added, “I want to feel good, and I want to be as healthy as I can be because I want to be able to enjoy my seventies and eighties.”

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Issa Rae praised for showcasing her natural hair

Issa Rae’s hairstylist has praised the actress for showcasing how beautiful natural hair can be.The actress may have created TV show Insecure, which she also stars in, but the 33-year-old certainly has no hang-ups when it comes to flaunting her natural…

Issa Rae’s hairstylist has praised the actress for showcasing how beautiful natural hair can be.

The actress may have created TV show Insecure, which she also stars in, but the 33-year-old certainly has no hang-ups when it comes to flaunting her natural beauty on the red carpet, and Felicia Leatherwood is adamant Issa should be seen as a hair inspiration for black women.

“Issa Rae has helped me showcase what natural hair could be, and give women options of what they can do,” Felicia told E! News. “I’m really proud of that, because I don’t want anyone to feel left out, or like they’re not good enough, as it relates to their hair and their skin.”

Felicia recently attended the Essence Festival in New Orleans, where explained to E! News how women who have chemically treated their hair for years can revert back to natural tresses.

Her top tip is looking after the scalp and she suggested using the Maui Moisture Hair Care line.

“Hot oil treatments are great for the scalp. If you can get a hot oil treatment once or twice a month, as you deep condition. When you put the hot oil on the scalp and you have the deep conditioner in your hair, when you go to rinse it out, the oil coats over the conditioner. That’s how to seal the moisture into your hair,” she shared.

And talking about her favourite Issa look, Felicia singled out the stunning hairstyle the star wore for the 2018 Golden Globes in January.

“(The look) was awesome. I’ve down about 800 hairstyles on Issa Rae, maybe more, including the show… She’s my black Barbie,” Felicia smiled.

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Gabrielle Union teaching her family about beauty standards

Gabrielle Union is committed to teaching the boys in her family about beauty standards.The actress is stepmother to husband Dwyane Wade’s sons Zaire, 16, Zion, 11, and Xavier, four, while the basketball player’s nephew Dahveon also lives in the family …

Gabrielle Union is committed to teaching the boys in her family about beauty standards.

The actress is stepmother to husband Dwyane Wade’s sons Zaire, 16, Zion, 11, and Xavier, four, while the basketball player’s nephew Dahveon also lives in the family home.

Gabrielle is determined to educate the three eldest boys about the realities of colourism, and recently asked to see the Instagram profiles of the girls at school they had crushes on.

“Literally, probably about 10 girls I looked at had the same light skin, curly hair, tiny waist, butt, boobs – it was the same girl over and over again,” she said at Essence Festival’s AT&T Dream in Black Luncheon last weekend (07-08Jul18), as reported by Refinery29. “So I asked them to show me the most beautiful chocolate sister they’ve seen. They say there are none. I was like, ‘Why do they get exed out so fast?'”

The 45-year-old responded by showing the boys photos of American singer and actress Ryan Destiny, which prompted a very different reaction.

“They’re like, ‘Oh, she bad!’ But do you know how many Ryan Destinies there are?” Gabrielle asked. “I pull up every black model, women from all over the world, and they’re beautiful. But they don’t see the beauty unless it comes from an actress or a supermodel or a video vixen. They have to have somebody else tell them that a chocolate woman is attractive for them to believe it.”

The Girls Trip star pushed for diversity in the beauty industry by introducing Flawless, a line of hair-care products catered to people with textured hair, in 2017. However, she is sceptical of the increasing number of brands who support diversity rather than inclusion.

“To me, diversity is the seat at a table that is super tiny. Inclusion is letting you on the block and at the house – much less at the table,” she affirmed.

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