Leaked Malia Obama selfie reportedly triggers White House investigation

Could a harmless photo be a security breach?


Eric Geller


Posted on Jan 8, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 7:46 pm CDT

Don’t expect President Barack Obama to invite rap group Pro Era to the White House anytime soon. The federal government is reportedly investigating Pro Era’s publication of a selfie of first daughter Malia Obama wearing the group’s T-shirt.

Pro Era posted the photo 16-year-old Malia, a known music fan, on their Instagram account on New Year’s Day. A representative for Joey Bada$$, the group’s co-founder, told Gawker that Pro Era got the photo from “a mutual friend of Malia and the Pro Era member.”

The White House, Fox News says, is “probing” how the photo appeared online. First Lady Michelle Obama is known to be highly protective of her daughters’ privacy, restricting how they interact with the outside world out of concern for their safety.

A Secret Service spokesperson declined our request for comment, and referred the Daily Dot to White House staff. We reached out to the White House for comment and will update with any response we receive.

The selfie remains unverified, but Jessica Roy at New York magazine makes a compelling case for its authenticity.

H/T New York Magazine | Photo via White House/Flickr (PD)

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*First Published: Jan 8, 2015, 6:18 pm CST