What You Need to Know: Michelle Obama

Time 100: Read Beyonce's letter to Michelle Obama

Time magazine has unveiled  its 100 most influential people of the past year and former first lady Michelle Obama made the list.

With each entry on the list, another celebrity or notable figure pens a letter demonstrating the person’s influence. 

Beyonce was tapped to write about Obama.

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The Grammy-winning singer wrote that it was natural to love Obama. She first met her the day before former President Barack Obama’s 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,” Beyonce wrote.

“She would’ve been impactful simply by being in the White House, the first African-American First Lady,” she added. “But she also used her position of power to improve the world around her.”

First lady Michelle Obama greets singer Beyonce after she performs the National Anthem during the public ceremonial inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Beyonce and Obama’s relationship didn’t end when the Obamas left the White House. The two have appeared in various videos in tributes to each other and Obama was seen dancing with Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, at the second night in Paris of her On the Run II tour with Jay-Z.

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“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 wrote. “She has continued to open herself up, even if it meant being criticized. She has continued to be a portrait of grace.

“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.”

Read Beyonce’s full letter to Obama at Time.com.

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