Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (2024)

Get PolitiFact in your inbox.

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (1)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (2)

Instagram posts

stated on May 27, 2021 in an Instagram post:

Says a photo shows Michelle Obama as a man prior to marrying Barack Obama.

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (3)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (4)
  • National
  • Instagram posts

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (5)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (6)

Michelle Obama speaks to students in Vietnam on Dec. 9, 2019. (AP)

By Gabrielle SettlesMay 28, 2021

If Your Time is short

  • Michelle Obama did not change her gender prior to marrying Barack Obama. The two were married on Oct. 3, 1992.

See the sources for this fact-check

An Instagram photo is spreading a false rumor that former first lady Michelle Obama was a man prior to marrying her husband, former President Barack Obama.

The posted image is of the Obamas early on in their relationship. In the photo, Michelle Obama is seen with altered features -— her forehead, eyes and hair have been edited to appear more traditionally masculine. The photo appears grainy with added text, "Just two dudes, before they were husband and wife!"

Spotting the fake edits on this didn’t take long, especially since Barack Obama tweeted the original throwback image on Jan. 17, 2019, to celebrate his wife’s birthday. That original picture was reshared more than 164 thousand times.

Featured Fact-check

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (8)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (9)

Threads posts

stated on May 16, 2024 in a Threads post

Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker said we should go back to a time when “women had more babies than thoughts.”

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (10)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (11)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (12)

Fake image.

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (13)

Real image of Barack and Michelle Obama.

Plenty of other images of Michelle Obama in her childhood, adolescence and womanhood further debunk this claim, including many photos that she’s posted to her own Instagram page. For example, a throwback photo of her as a student at Princeton University went viral.

This isn’t the first time that this photo of the Obamas has been doctored. — On Oct. 12, 2020, Lead Stories reported that Michelle Obama’s face had been altered in another way to appear masculine.

This post is Pants on Fire!

Read About Our Process

The Principles of the Truth-O-Meter

Our Sources

Browse the Truth-O-Meter

More by Gabrielle Settles

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (14)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (15)

Facebook posts

stated on June 15, 2020 in una publicación en Facebook:

Joan Rivers fue asesinada por decir que Michelle Obama es trans.

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (16)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (17)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (18)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (19)

Facebook posts

stated on June 19, 2023 in a video:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “faces 5 Years in Jail For FEC Crimes."

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (20)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (21)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (26)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (27)

Facebook posts

stated on June 10, 2023 in una publicación en Facebook:

"Silenciaron al Dr. Sebi" por decir que ciertos vegetales "son productos de laboratorio".

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (28)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (29)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (30)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (31)

Facebook posts

stated on June 8, 2023 in a post:

Trump "hasn't been 'indicted.' It's all part of the Operation.”

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (32)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (33)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (34)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (35)

Instagram posts

stated on June 5, 2023 in a video:

“Italy announced they are changing LGBT Pride month to Family Pride Month,” in order to “celebrate traditional families.”

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (36)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (37)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (38)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (39)

Instagram posts

stated on April 24, 2023 in a post:

“An 11-year-old boy saved the lives of two people on the same day.”

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (40)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (41)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (42)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (43)

Facebook posts

stated on June 6, 2023 in una publicación en Facebook:

Jamie Foxx tras una coagulación de sangre en el cerebro "habría quedado ciego y paralizado" debido a una "dosis de vacuna contra el coronavirus".

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (44)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (45)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (46)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (47)

Charlie Kirk

stated on June 1, 2023 in a post:

“Jamie Foxx left ‘paralyzed and blind’ from blood clot in his brain” after a COVID-19 vaccine injection.

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (48)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (49)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (50)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (51)

Instagram posts

stated on May 22, 2023 in a post:

Video shows boxes of books removed from a middle school library that were “banned by the DeSantis regime in Florida.”

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (52)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (53)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (54)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (55)

Facebook posts

stated on May 27, 2023 in a post:

"F.ight BREAKS as C.omer SHUTS UP Biden's lawyer with B0MBSHELL."

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (56)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (57)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (58)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (59)

Instagram posts

stated on May 22, 2023 in a post:

Says Bill Gates visited Jeffrey Epstein’s Island "37 times."

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (60)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (61)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (62)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (63)

Facebook posts

stated on May 20, 2023 in a post:

“If you shopped at Walmart in 2022, you could be entitled to a $500 refund!”

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (64)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (65)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (66)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (67)

Facebook posts

stated on May 19, 2023 in a post:

Dr. Sebi was killed “for revealing the truth” about the health benefits of burdock plants.

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (68)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (69)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (70)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (71)

Instagram posts

stated on May 18, 2023 in a post:

Says a report shows that “Ventilators Killed Nearly ALL COVID Patients”

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (72)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (73)

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered

  • Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (74)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (75)

    Viral image

    stated on June 12, 2024 in an Instagram post:

    Video shows “U.S. Navy deploys in Miami due to Russian warships 6/12.”

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (76)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (77)
  • Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (78)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (79)

    Social Media

    stated on June 13, 2024 in in social media posts:

    Video shows Biden wandered off from world leaders at G7 skydiving event.

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (80)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (81)
  • Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (82)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (83)

    Instagram posts

    stated on June 12, 2024 in an Instagram post:

    Ancestry.com proves President Joe Biden “is not real.”

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (84)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (85)
  • Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (86)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (87)

    Threads posts

    stated on June 8, 2024 in a Threads post:

    “Trump can’t be on the Texas ballot because of our state constitution.”

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (88)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (89)
  • Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (90)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (91)

    Van Wanggaard

    stated on April 15, 2024 in X, formerly Twitter:

    Says Gov. Tony Evers is asking the GOP to release money for PFAS, but "vetoed (a bill outlining) how to spend the money."

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (92)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (93)
  • Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (94)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (95)

    Facebook posts

    stated on June 9, 2024 in a post:

    Pittsburgh Steelers coach “directs team to not participate in pride month” calling it "woke crap"

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (96)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (97)
  • Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (98)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (99)

    Threads posts

    stated on June 11, 2024 in a Threads post:

    "A MAGA fan in Iowa accidentally burned down his house today trying to burn a gay pride flag.”

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (100)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (101)
  • Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (102)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (103)

    Viral image

    stated on June 11, 2024 in a Facebook post:

    Fox News reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “formally endorses Barbara O’Neill’s ‘US without diabetes’ initiative.”

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (104)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (105)
  • Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (106)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (107)

    X posts

    stated on June 11, 2024 in in X posts:

    Hunter Biden’s trial and conviction were contrived to divert attention from Biden family crimes.

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (108)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (109)
  • Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (110)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (111)

    Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

    stated on June 5, 2024 in News release:

    Republican legislatures “have targeted birth control” and in Wisconsin “refused to schedule a vote on a bill that would have codified a right to birth control.”

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (112)

    Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (113)

Load more

Support independent fact-checking.
Become a member!

In a world of wild talk and fake news, help us stand up for the facts.

Sign me up

Image of Michelle Obama is absolutely altered (2024)

References

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Patricia Veum II

Last Updated:

Views: 6011

Rating: 4.3 / 5 (64 voted)

Reviews: 87% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Patricia Veum II

Birthday: 1994-12-16

Address: 2064 Little Summit, Goldieton, MS 97651-0862

Phone: +6873952696715

Job: Principal Officer

Hobby: Rafting, Cabaret, Candle making, Jigsaw puzzles, Inline skating, Magic, Graffiti

Introduction: My name is Patricia Veum II, I am a vast, combative, smiling, famous, inexpensive, zealous, sparkling person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.