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

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter said former first lady Michelle Obama 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 Obama.

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 Winfrey penned a short profile on her that year, writing, "We see the best of ourselves in her."

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