Michelle Obama was recently featured on the 2019 TIME 100 List for the most influential people in the world. Upon seeing the former first lady’s placement, Beyoncé decided to write her a personal essay that details how much of an inspiration she was to the singer. If you’re not familiar with the connection between the Obamas and Beyoncé, she first met with them back in 2009 during former president Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony.
Why The Essay Is So Important
The very personal and detailed essay consists of Beyoncé reflecting on personal moments that she has shared with the Obamas and how their relationship developed over time. In her essay, Beyoncé stated that when she first met Barack Obama, she was surprised by his calm demeanor at such a groundbreaking moment. Beyoncé also stated in her essay that “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.”
The singer also went on to state “The way she looked, walked and spoke, in that warm but authoritative tone, we saw our mothers and sisters.” Beyoncé also praised Michelle Obama for using her position to reach back to the community with efforts like her “Reach Higher” program.
How You Can Learn From It
There is no denying the cultural and political impact that the Obama family made during their time in office. Beyoncé wrote numerous times throughout her recently released essay about how motivated and inspired she was by the way that Michelle Obama carried herself throughout their time leading the nation.
For African Americans, Barack Obama winning the Presidency was the first time that someone who looked like them had more power than anyone in the world. It’s an inspiring story about how love, passion, dedication, and hard work can lead you to achieve your must unimaginable dreams. Beyoncé closed her personal essay addressed to Michelle Obama by stating “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.”