Each year, Time’s 100 most influential honorees get a tribute written about them by a fellow celebrity, and since queens recognize queens, it seems only fitting that Bey was tapped to contribute to the issue.
“Loving Michelle Obama wasn’t much of a choice,” Beyoncé wrote in the article published Wednesday. “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.”
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— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) March 19, 2019
Recalling the first time they met, on the eve of President Obama’s first inauguration, Beyonce says, “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.”
She also noted that Michelle “empowers all of us to interrogate our fears and surpass greatness.”
“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 writes. “She has continued to open herself up, even if it meant being criticized. She has continued to be a portrait of grace.”
She added, “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.”
You can read her full letter here.
In addition to the touching tribute to Obama, Beyoncé also released on Wednesday her “Homecoming” Netflix documentary AND a surprise LIVE album to accompany the film.