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Michelle Obama makes Instagram debut with images from Africa

June 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM ET

Video: The first lady posted a video on Instagram of her visit with schoolgirls in Senegal. A day after launching her account, she has more than 215,000 followers.

First lady Michelle Obama incorporated her trip to Africa into her Instagram debut on Thursday, posting both a photo and video from her visit to Senegal.

“My first instagram! So inspired and so impressed by these extraordinary young women,” she wrote on the caption of a photo of her posing with daughter Malia and other young ladies.

The photo was quickly followed by a video of female middle school students dancing in a welcome ceremony at a school in Dakar.

So far, the first lady's account (@michelleobama) is only following one other user: the White House (@whitehouse), which posted its first photo on Wednesday — an image of the first family taking off in a Marine One aircraft.

The first lady and her daughters are traveling with President Obama in a weeklong Africa trip. From Senegal, the group will head to South Africa and then to Tanzania.

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