Why Michelle Obama and Beyoncé Are America’s Power Couple

Michelle Obama: a former First Lady and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019. Strong in the face of adversity yet transparent regarding life’s struggles, Michelle Obama is an inspiration and a force for positive change in a nation currently divided.

Beyoncé: The Queen. A musical icon with a hand firmly planted on the pulse of contemporary culture, Beyoncé celebrates black culture and tradition in a way no other artist can. Beyoncé is not merely a musical icon, she is a driver of change, and a mirror reflecting society’s values, as well as past and present American zeitgeists on itself.

Beyonce and Michelle Obama
Beyoncé and Michelle Obama | Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Individually, Beyoncé and Michelle Obama are forces to be reckoned with. Together, their friendship and unwavering support for one another is an act of inspiration.

Beyoncé and Michelle Obama are America’s power couple for they serve to remind us that the phrase “power couple” should not be reserved for romantic partners. Their relationship tells bitter skeptics that friendships amongst powerful women – unclouded by jealousy and fueled by admiration – can exist, and do exist. And both parties benefit from knowing and commending one another.

Michelle Obama and Beyoncé show the world what it means to have a friend in your corner, rooting for your success, while climbing a ladder towards their own continued growth. They push and inspire one another, which is a trait not inherent to a friendship, but vital to a partnership (romance involved or not).

Beyoncé Knowles wrote the tribute to Michelle Obama for Time’s 100 Most Influential People

Beyoncé Knowles, speaking on behalf of Michelle Obama, wrote for Time Magazine:

“Loving Michelle Obama wasn’t much of a choice. 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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Beyoncé Knowles sees Michelle as an influence, as someone to look up to. Beyoncé, as someone who fans and critics alike have labeled a bellwether of change, still finds inspiration in the powerful women around her. Beyoncé explains that Michelle Obama “empowers all of us to interrogate our fears and surpass greatness.”

Inspired by Michelle Obama, Beyoncé continues to interrogate her fears, as she reinvents herself (seemingly with ease), strides to conquer various musical styles, walks towards the unknown instead of away from it. And, in doing so, pays homage to Michelle Obama and other black Americans who are “moving in spaces” where they “weren’t exactly meant to be” as Beyoncé notes in Time.

Michelle Obama was one of the first to praise Beyoncé’s Netflix original Homecoming on social media

Soon after Homecoming’s Release, Michelle Obama took to Twitter and Instagram to applaud Beyoncé Knowle’s genius, talent, creativity, and unique appeal. Michelle Obama stated, “So proud of my girl! The Queen has done it again. @Beyoncé, thank you for always living your truth. #Homecoming.” In the recorded video, Michelle Obama explains Beyoncé’s ability to convey her message in a way no one else can.

Michelle Obama – a huge fan and a friend – took time to praise an icon whose work was deserving of such acclaim. With poise and appreciation, fans can sense the love existing between these two Queens. This is what a power couple looks like: love, respect, and admiration existing at the core of the relationship.

Both influencing cultural and political change, while pushing the other to keep on kicking, Beyoncé and Michelle Obama serve to represent what we all should inspire to be on an individual basis, and a relationship we should all strive to forge in our lives. More than one person in your life should push you to be your best self. And a friend is more than worthy of reigning as the second party in your power couple dynamic.