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Malia Obama Celebrates 26th Birthday with Family - New Photos Released

Malia Obama Celebrates 26th Birthday with Family – New Photos Released

Malia Obama has more than one reason to celebrate on July 4. Besides marking Independence Day, it’s also her birthday.

On Thursday, the budding filmmaker turned 26, and her famous parents, Barack and Michelle Obama, paid tribute to their firstborn on social media.

Michelle took to Instagram to share a gorgeous throwback photo of Malia as a baby, with the caption: "Happy birthday, Malia! No matter how old you get, you’ll always be my little pea and I’ll always be proud of you. You deserve the world and more."

Barack, on the other hand, posted a never-before-seen picture of him and Malia as a little girl walking down the street, hand-in-hand. He wrote: "Happy birthday, Malia. One of the greatest joys of my life is watching you grow into the extraordinary woman you’ve become today – and the fact that you’re still willing to hold your dad’s hand in public!"

Malia has had an exciting year, stepping out of her parents’ shadows in January when she made her solo red carpet debut at the Sundance Film Festival to showcase her short film, The Heart. Malia chose to go by the name Malia Ann instead of her famous surname.

She appeared in the Sundance Institute’s Meet the Artist spotlight video, showcasing her sense of humor and personality in a short clip. Malia explained that the project is "an odd little story, somewhat a fable, about a man grieving the death of his mother after she leaves him an unusual request."

She also added, "The film is about lost objects and lonely people and forgiveness and regret, but I also think it works hard to uncover where tenderness and closeness can exist in those things."

Malia moved to Los Angeles several years ago to pursue her career in the entertainment industry. She currently lives with her younger sister Sasha, 23.

She has an impressive resume, having interned on HBO’s Girls and receiving high praise from Lena Dunham. Lena described Malia as an "angel" and was impressed by how down-to-earth she was. She said, "She was interning at HBO, and they thought, what if she comes a couple days a week to the set of Girls? She loved the show, and I mean, obviously we weren’t, like, making her go get our coffee. You’re not going to send [the president’s daughter to get coffee]. But she wanted to do all the jobs. That was the cool thing. She was totally enthusiastic."

The actress also described Malia as being "so smart." Malia also worked as a staff writer on Donald Glover’s Amazon Prime series Swarm, where she left a lasting impression with her work ethic and talent. Donald Glover praised her writing style, stating, "She’s just like, an amazingly talented person. She’s really focused, and she’s working really hard." He added, "I feel like she’s just somebody who’s gonna have really good things coming soon."

Source: Vanity Fair