Beyonce and Michelle Obama express quite often the mutual respect and admiration they have for one another. Back in April of this year, Beyonce posted a love letter to the First Lady on her website, in which she shared why exactly she is so in awe of Mrs. Obama. She writes about Michelle’s impact on women around the world, and more specifically the role model she’ll be to her daughter, Blue Ivy.
As part of a new 2012 campaign video, Beyonce reads the letter and adds a few extra words about why Michelle continues to inspire her. Watch the video below:
“I wrote a letter to the first lady because I wanted her to know that I’m very grateful for everything she’s doing for our country and also for women around the world.Michelle is the ultimate example of a truly strong African-American woman. She is a caring mother, she’s a loving wife, while at the same time, she is the First Lady. No matter the pressure, and the stress of being under the microscope, she’s humble, loving and sensitive.
She builds and nurtures her family, while also looking out for so many millions in so many ways. I’m so in awe of Michelle Obama. Every time I see her, she inspires me, she empowers me, she encourages me to live a healthy lifestyle. To support our veterans….Michelle, thank you so much for every single thing that you do for us. I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you, to look up to.”
The love these two successful women show to each other is exactly what women in the African American community need to see. In May of this year when the First Lady was asked who she’d be if she could be someone else, she responded, “Gosh. If I had some gift, I’d be Beyonce, I’d be some great singer.”
Black women are seen competing with one another way too often. In reality shows, in music, and in everyday life, Black women often fail to embrace and support one another. It shows great confidence to have the ability to uplift another woman, rather than making it your goal to somehow tear them down.
Kudos to Beyonce and Michelle.