The former First Lady was recognised on Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list.

Annual list of the most prominent figures across a series of categories has been unveiled in Time magazine and each noted personality had a famous face write an essay about them.


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Michelle Obama was named as one of the 14 icons on the list, alongside Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli, with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter penning a touching tribute expressing her admiration for her strength and ambitions, writing:

“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.”

The multi-award winning singer also noted Obama’s bravery for writing her best-selling memoir Becoming which could’ve opened her up to criticism, “She has continued to be a portrait of grace.”


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“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,” the mother of three adds.

Beyoncé famously performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony and then again at one of the official inaugural balls.

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