Malia and Sasha Obama attended their first state dinner in honor of the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau Thursday. This is the first time that the teenage daughters of the President Barack Obama attended that banquet in the East Room of the White House. Both Malia, 17, and Sasha, 14, looked stunning and were in good company.
Malia, who will graduate from college in June, looked elegant in a strapless and embellished cream gown. She wore eyeliner and her long brunette tresses were left loose in curls kept over one shoulder. Malia was seated next to Canadian actress and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Sandra Oh and her aunt — Obama’s sister and her husband.
Her younger sister Sasha, meanwhile, looked beautiful in a semi sheer high neck gown with ornate raspberry lace yoke. She wore some mascara and eyeliner and accessorized with small diamond stud earrings and black ribbon choker. Her long locks were styled in the season’s latest trend of a braided up ‘do’.
Malia and Sasha at the state dinner. _ Flawless. Flawless. _ _ pic.twitter.com/XJt603wfFP
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Sasha sat next to actress Blake Lively and her Canadian actor husband Ryan Reynolds. She was boho-chic in the gown and even spoke to Reynolds while Sasha gave her a thumbs up.
When Trudeau raised a toast, he did not forget to mention the girls in his speech. The 44-year-old said it was touching to meet Malia and Sasha and said he wished he had been a teenager when his dad was a world leader.
“I admire you very much, both of you, for your extraordinary strength and your grace,” he said, adding he hoped their unconventional childhoods gave them “strength and wisdom beyond your years for the rest of your life.” Trudeau and his wife along with their three kids were in Washington for a three-day state visit. The black-tie event also included guests like actors Michael J. Fox, Mike Myers and “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels.
Also, the U.S. hockey and basketball commissioners, along with retired NBA player Grant Hill and his wife, Tamia, a Canadian singer also attended. There were around 200 guests sporting tuxedos and designer gowns in attendance at the glitzy spring-themed state dinner.
Besides, Malia and Sasha were gifted ‘Maverick’ scarves by Ottawa designer Krista Norris. Their mom Michelle got a navy blue native aboriginal beaded cape by Tammy Beauvais of Kahnawake, Que by the Canadian first couple. It is Michelle’s favorite color and includes three small glass beads that belonged to the designer’s great grandmother.