All grown up: Malia Obama the image of mum Michelle

Thursday November 25, 2010

When Malia Obama was photographed alongside her father at his presidential inauguration, she was a fresh-faced ten-year-old.

Pictured at her dad's side again this week, that same little girl had transformed into a poised and elegant young woman.

Now a statuesque 12-year-old, Malia is showing an uncanny resemblance to her stylish mum Michelle.

And she appeared calm and considered as she made an appearance with her younger sister Sasha at the annual pardon of the Thanksgiving turkey.

To laughter from the crowd, the president was enjoying a respite from politics.

"This is the solemn day I am sworn to uphold as the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth," he joked.

This year's turkey, which came from a ranch in Modesto, California, was named Apple, and a 'feathered understudy' called Cider was also brought along.

Both will spend the rest of their days on the grounds of Mount Vernon – the Virginia home of George Washington.

Photo: © Rex

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