Beyoncé in 'Time 100' profile: Michelle Obama empowers black Americans

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter said former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaPoll shows Michelle Obama would lead in New Hampshire if she entered 2020 Democratic race Obamas' first Netflix project nominated for Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Maggie Rogers shares letter from 'huge fans' Barack and Michelle Obama MORE empowers black Americans in penning a profile for Obama's place on Time magazine’s "100 Most Influential People" of 2019 list.

Beyoncé wrote that loving Obama “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,” Beyoncé writes in profiling the best-selling author and wife of former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaIraq is not yet lost, but if we continue to ignore it, it soon will be Obama praises marathon runners Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei for 'remarkable examples of humanity's ability' Each of us has a role in preventing veteran suicide MORE.


Michelle Obama finds herself on the magazine’s annual list after a year in which she released a best-selling memoir, “Becoming,” and toured nationally for release of the book that has sold more than 10 million copies.

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

The two prominent figures have long admired each other, with Obama dressing up as the Grammy-winning superstar for Beyoncé’s birthday and attending one of her concerts last year.

The list from Time magazine is in its 16th year, and the 48 women featured this year is the most ever, up from 45 the year before.

Obama previously made the list in 2009 after her husband, who was not featured on the list this year, was elected to the White House. Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyFamous gingers Prince Harry, Ed Sheeran team up for World Mental Health Day Oprah donates M to Morehouse College Michelle Obama to release companion book to 'Becoming' MORE penned a short profile on her that year, writing, “We see the best of ourselves in her.”