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The First Lady on confidence, achievement and the all-important issue plaguing the female face of a nation: plastic surgery

Ex-girlfriend tells of her romance with 'guarded' student Obama

Biography reveals how young President pictured his 'ideal woman' – years before meeting Michelle

Obama's tax return shows he pays 20 per cent rate

US President Barack Obama has published his tax return, showing his income fell last year.

Singer Justin Bieber is slimed on stage at Nickelodeon's 25th annual Kids' Choice Awards in LA

Trending: Everything the First Lady needs to know about gunge

This weekend's 25th annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards saw Justin Bieber, Halle Berry, Will Smith, Taylor Lautner and Chris Colfer of Glee inducted into a very select group of celebrities. No, not the winners of the "Favourite Buttkicker" gong (though Lautner did win that one), but that privileged élite blessed with having been "slimed" on TV.

From left: Michelle Obama wore teal off the shoulder to the state dinner in honour of David and Samantha Cameron's US trip last week. And for a visit to Ground Zero, Sam Cam chose a £650 bespoke teal Emilia Wickstead dress. The Duchess of Cambridge, meanwhile, picked up her teal LK Bennett Davina dress before her first Sandringham Christmas, and the Duchess of Cornwall donned a Roy Allen teal coat for Cheltenham Ladies Day

The appeal of teal

Favoured by our top style icons, this season's shade says nostalgia and nods at austerity too

From Downton to the White House: Hugh may be coming to dinner

Diary: The US visit

George Lucas and his girlfriend, Mellody Hobson, joined actress Dakota Fanning to watch the Rodarte show

George Lucas and the other unexpected fashion-show fans

New York Fashion Week comes to a close today and, as always, who sits front row at which show has been getting almost as much attention as the clothes themselves.

Joan Smith: Is Mrs Obama related to Miriam Clegg?

The New York Post raised the spectre of a woman making a covert bid for power

America says happy birthday, Mr President

The very observant in Washington last night may have spotted thin lines of blue smoke wafting from behind the West Wing of the White House. It wasn't fumes of anger from President Barack Obama over all those things that have been going wrong lately; it was from the grills for the birthday barbecue.

Duchess Catherine among Vanity Fair's Best Dressed

Duchess Catherine has been named one of the world's best dressed women.

Natalie Haynes: The sex strike: under-used in negotiations

The thing is...

Matthew Norman: The unmaking of a President

Governing in prose is one thing. Preferring weasel words to governing at all is another

First Ladies pay tribute to Betty Ford

Three former First Ladies, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, joined the present First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the former President George W. Bush at the funeral of former First Lady Betty Ford at St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen create luxury handbag collection

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have created a luxury handbag collection under their fashion label The Row.

Video: 'Yes, Africa can' - Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama makes an emotional speech in front of young women leaders in Soweto.

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