When Michelle Obama’s Former Hairstylist ‘Moved On Up To’ Maywood

Flowers and Obama.jpgFriday, July 21, 2017 || By Local Media Curator || @maywoodnews

Michael “Rahni” Flowers, the 30-year owner of the upscale Van Cleef Hair Studio in Chicago, recently talked to Crain’s Chicago Business about his many celebrity clients, his experiences styling perhaps the most famous client of all (former First Lady Michelle Obama) and, among other things, his “move on up” to his former hometown … Maywood.

Some tidbits from the interview:

Flowers, 62, described having a hand some significant moments in the life of the First Lady and this country. For instance, he style Obama for “wedding, the first Iowa primary, the election night celebration in Grant Park in 2008, and I styled her, her mother and both daughters during all the first inauguration events. She wanted me to move to D.C., but my partner convinced me to stay here.”

His Maywood “shout-out” came while Flowers talked about his childhood.

“I was the 10th of 13 children,” he said. “We grew up on the West Side in a low-income housing community. My dad worked in the Armour factory, and my mother was a stay-at-home mom. Eventually we were able to ‘move on up’ to Maywood.”

You can read the full Crain’s interview here. Above photo credited to Van Cleef Hair Studio. VFP

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One thought on “When Michelle Obama’s Former Hairstylist ‘Moved On Up To’ Maywood

  1. Our parents were sharecroppers that were in the “Great Migration” of African Americans that moved from the South to the North for better job opportunities !

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