Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (2024)

  • First Lady had blunt fringe cut in January this year
  • President Obama lampooned her haircut at White House speech in April
  • Michelle changed 'bangs' back to her former side-swept look in May
  • But today as she spoke at G8 summit the fringe constantly fell into her eyes
  • One Twitter user asked why the First Lady didn't sweep it off her face
  • Another said they wanted to 'give her a hair clip'
  • But some hit back saying, 'Stop focusing on looks. She was there to speak'

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Michelle Obama's fringe was the subject of debate on Twitter after she appeared to have trouble keeping it out of her eyes while giving a speech.

The First Lady had a blunt fringe - or bangs as they say in the U.S. - cut in January earlier this year.

But in May she reverted to her longer, side-swept look after the President spoofed the look in some Photoshopped pictures shown during his annual speech at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in April.

And today as she gave a speech at the G8 summit in Belfast, the First Lady went for a softer look with flicks reminiscent of Farrah Fawcett in the 70s.

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Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (1)

Fringegate: Michelle Obama's new longer 'bangs', as they are called in the U.S., may look softer - but viewers said it annoyed them when it constantly fell into her eyes

Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (2)

Trendy: The look, debuted by Michelle today at the G8 summit in Belfast, was reminiscent of Farrah Fawcett in the 70s - but it didn't win her many fans in cyberspace

And it was her growing locks that got cyberspace talking while she gave the televised speech in Belfast today.

One user, Sue Crossan (@scrossannz), wrote on Twitter: 'Watching Michelle Obama's speech in Belfast. Impressive but I wish she would get her fringe sorted out. #badhairday.'

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Another user called Brennan McKeag (@brennanmckeag) added: 'Michelle Obama's fringe annoyed me the whole way through her speech, why didn't she just sweep it off her face!?'

Nessa O'Mahoney (@Nessao) tweeted: 'Michelle Obama is a terrific speaker this morning. Inspirational. Why do I desperately want to give her a hair clip?'

Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (6)

Got the message: At an event just a few hours later, her hair was more firmly cast out of her eyeline

Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (7)

Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (8)

Much better: Earlier in the day (left), her bangs were astray but the fringe was cast in place for a visit to The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin on Monday evening (right)

The speech saw the First lady urge around 2,000 schoolchildren, university students and graduates to step outside their comfort zones, challenge the status quo and help create a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.

Mrs Obama spoke for 10 minutes before her husband took to the stage, and was introduced by 16-year-old schoolgirl Hannah Nelson, who spoke of her desire to see greater stability in Northern Ireland.

She later flew to Dublin with daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha, 12.

Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (9)

Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (10)

Disheveled: The errant hair caught the attention of members of the audience

Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (11)

Fringe whinge: These Twitter uses lashed out at Michelle's unruly fringe during her speech today

FRINGE BENEFITS? THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF MICHELLE OBAMA'S BANGS

Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (12)

Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (13)

Bang on trend? Left, Michelle's longer, 70s style fringe that riled Twitter users today in Belfast. Right, the original fringe that garnered endless attention in a portrait released by the White House in February this year

Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (14)

Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (15)

No stragglers: A neat side-swept look in March 2011, left, and right, and a shorter look in June later the same year

Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (16)

Michelle Obama's hairstyle is STILL sparking debate as Twitter users slam her 'annoying' fringe for falling into her eyes during G8 speech (17)

Feeling quiffy? LLeft, a swept-back style from December 2011, and right, a little quiff in May the same year

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