As if Malia Obama weren’t already the coolest teenager ever, she’s managed to outdo even herself.
The former first daughter has already interned for actress Lena Dunham on her HBO series Girls, and has even managed to land a second internship with renowned Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The eldest of the Obama daughters has also been accepted to Harvard University and plans to begin her first semester this fall.
Impressive resume aside, Malia Obama also manages to dedicate some of her spare time to working toward the greater good. After all, her father was a human rights lawyer before he became president, so Malia and younger sister Sasha likely both grew up with parents who encouraged them to stand up for their beliefs.
On Monday, Malia was spotted attending a Standing Rock solidarity event at the Sundance Film Festival. According to VICE, the event was hosted by Divergent star Shailene Woodley and tribal Chairman David Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) January 25, 2017
Woodley, an avid Bernie Sanders supporter, has been heavily involved in protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. The Hollywood actress was even arrested back in October at the Standoff at Standing Rock protest:
— Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley) October 20, 2016
Last month, President Obama denied a permit needed to complete the pipeline, halting the conclusion of the project. It’s obvious Malia shares the same beliefs as her father and doesn’t want to see the pipeline wreak havoc on Indigenous lands.
Speaking to Democracy Now‘s Amy Goodman, Woodley said “it was amazing to see Malia” at the protest.
Woodley went on, saying:
‘To witness a human being and a woman coming into her own outside of her family and outside of the attachments that this country has on her, but someone who’s willing to participate in democracy because she chooses to, because she recognizes, regardless of her last name, that if she doesn’t participate in democracy, there will be no world for her future children.’
Sadly, the day following the event, President Trump signed an executive order giving the go ahead to move forward with construction on the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL Pipelines.
Many Twitter users have praised Malia Obama for standing up for Standing Rock:
‘Much respect to Malia Obama. Standing up to Trump with Standing Rock.’
‘MALIA OBAMA PROTESTING AT STANDING ROCK IS GIVING ME LIFE.’
MALIA OBAMA PROTESTING AT STANDING ROCK IS GIVING ME LIFE
— Kayla Murphy (@Kayla_Murphy26) January 28, 2017
‘You won’t see this on FOX “Malia #Obama Takes On Trump: Former First Daughter Is Standing With #StandingRock”
— Thyme Lady Nessa ? (@VanessaB2018) January 28, 2017
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