Michelle Obama and Beyoncé have both publicly often shared their admiration for each other and this latest gesture comes as no surprise.
The former First Lady of the United States and best-selling author Michelle Obama made it to this year's list of Time's '100 Most Influential People'. Celebrating the honor, like many across the world, was none other than queen Beyoncé herself who penned a heartfelt note for Michelle Obama. Beyoncé paid homage to Obama in a profile that was published on Wednesday as part of Time’s 100 most influential people of the year issue. She said in a touching note, "Loving Michelle Obama wasn’t much of a choice. It was something that came naturally, because of how she carried herself. Because she resembled us and was moving in spaces where, as black Americans, we weren’t exactly meant to be, she seemed so powerful."
She recalled her first meeting with Obama. "When I first met her, I was embraced by a warm, regal, confident woman who possessed a reassuring calm, on the eve of President Obama’s historic first Inauguration. The way she looked, walked and spoke, in that warm but authoritative tone, we saw our mothers and sisters. She was strong and ambitious and spoke her mind without sacrificing honesty or empathy. That takes a lot of courage and discipline."
Highlighting the significance of Obama's contribution as the first African American first lady of the United States, Beyoncé wrote, "She would’ve been impactful simply by being in the White House, the first African-American First Lady. But she also used her position of power to improve the world around her. Her initiative Reach Higher, for example, encourages young people to complete their education past high school. She empowers all of us to interrogate our fears and surpass greatness." Beyoncé's tribute comes as no surprise as the two have maintained an endearing friendship in the public eye. While Beyoncé performed at both Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural ball and 2013 inauguration, Michelle Obama has been spotted supporting the singer at her shows. Michelle Obama and Beyoncé have also earlier teamed up as part of the "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity.
Speaking about her other achievements that also include Becoming, the memoir of the former First Lady published in 2018 that is one of the most successful and best-selling memoirs of all time, the Lemonade singer expressed, "I’m honored to know such a brilliant black woman who’s spoken about the sacrifice it takes to balance her passions while remaining a supportive partner and mother, and now a best-selling author with Becoming. She has continued to open herself up, even if it meant being criticized. She has continued to be a portrait of grace." She ended the heartfelt tribute on a personal note, "I am so grateful that my daughters and my son live in a world where Michelle Obama shines as a beacon of hope who inspires all of us to do better and to be better."
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama on her part shared a heartfelt message for Beyoncé on Thursday after the release of the Grammy winner’s Netflix documentary Homecoming. In a video, the former First Lady, said, "Hey Queen! Girl, you have done it again. Constantly raising the bar for us all and doing it flawlessly. I'd say I'm surprised, but I know who you are. I've seen it up close and personal. Girl, you make me so proud, and I love you." She added on the significance of the documentary, "I also love that your new Netflix film Homecoming is informed by the black leaders, thinkers, and poets who've paved the way for folks like us. I love that it's both a celebration and a call to action. And I love that you're using this film to inspire the next generation of history makers and record breakers who'll run the world in the next years ahead. So to you my dear friend, I just want to say: Keep telling the truth, because you can do it in a way that no one else can."