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Michelle Obama’s Thigh-High Slit is the Talk of the Internet in Throwback Pic to Support Voter Registration

Michelle Obama is trying to help rock the vote and get young people to the polls. 

The former First Lady has joined forces with When We All Vote and MTV and shared a throwback prom pic in support of the #PromChallenge, CBS News reports.

The Prom Challenge initiative was created to help get students to register to vote ahead of the November presidential election.  

Washington, D.C. – April 17, 2014: First Lady Michelle Obama takes a photograph with junior and senior high school students from Chicago during a tour of Howard University in Washington, D.C. on April 17, 2014. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The “Becoming” author posed with a prom date in 1982, who was not Barack, sporting a silky polka-dot dress with a thigh-high slit and sitting in a wicker chair to take her obligatory prom picture.  

“Throwing it back to my 1982 prom night and this pink satin, polka-dotted dress,” she wrote on Instagram. 

“If you’re a student or teacher, join the #PromChallenge with @WhenWeAllVote and @MTV and tell us what your school is doing to register students to vote,” she wrote. 

As part of the effort, 20 high schools from around the country will be recognized for finding an effective way to incorporate voter registration into their programs.  

Schools can apply to enter the contest and show how they’ve made impactful strides toward getting students to register and demonstrate how they’ve found innovative ways to recruit potential voters.  

The winners of the contest can receive up to $5,000 toward throwing an unforgettable prom at their school. 

The contest is catching on too and even celebrities like Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jidenna showed off their old prom pics.  

“Prom was fun, but my 1st time voting was life changing,” Ross wrote. 

Obama, who has two daughters Sasha, who’s 18, and 21-year-old Malia, with former President Barack Obama, is a longtime supporter of youth and has been an advocate for issues affecting them.  

Speaking of young people, Obama recently partnered with ATTN: to launch a new six-episode IGTV series called, A Year of Firsts, which takes viewers on a journey of discovery of five college freshmen. Obama also lends her advice for the new students.

The episodes will run between now and June.

“As Mrs. Obama highlights in each episode, there are many hidden challenges to making it through college,” said ATTN: co-founder Matthew Segal last month. “This series will meet many students where they live — on Instagram — and share candid perspectives about how to overcome barriers.”


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