While we could go days talking about Michelle's illustrious, almost super womanly resumé, it's some of her more relatable and humanly moments that make her so likable and badass.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: Michelle Obama is one of the best first ladies America has ever seen. She is definitely the most badass of them all. The mother-of-two won the hearts of many even before her husband Barack Obama took office and her popularity has only increased with time. Even today—almost 3 years since leaving the White House—Michelle remains one of the most influential and admired FLOTUSes of all time and this has a lot to do with her being a woman of incredible caliber and character.
From authoring on the most popular memoirs of all time to being named the most admired woman in the world, the 55-year-old has made quite a few headlines this year alone for her incredible achievements. While we could go days talking about Michelle's illustrious, almost super womanly resumé, it's some of her more relatable and humanly moments that make her so likable and badass. As she looks set to embark on yet another successful year, let's take a look at a few of the many occasions where we looked at her thought, "That right there, is #LifeGoals."
While many others in her position choose to mince their words and take a diplomatic approach when commenting on controversial topics, this former FLOTUS has time and again proved that she isn't one to shy away from voicing her true feelings. In fact, she does so with such magnetism and grace that you can't help but admire her public speaking skills. The Democratic National Convention, in particular, has born witness to Michelle's powerful speeches on a number of occasions and the time she not-so-subtly slammed Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again," is one of my favorite moments from her DNC appearances.
You'd be hard-pressed to find another FLOTUS who has used her platform as well as Michelle has. Rather than simply falling in her husband's shadow and leading half-baked campaigns—as many others have—this former first lady truly stepped up and made good use of her influential and powerful position. Even while championing important causes like healthy eating and education for girls, Michelle had a way of making it relatable to the public and her collaborations with the Muppets and Sesame Street are the perfect examples for this.
Okay fine, being best friends with Beyoncé isn't exactly something we can all relate to. However, the way these two women constantly support and praise each other reminds us of our gal pal support systems. Most recently, the pop star penned a powerful essay about Michelle for Time's annual "100 Most Influential People" issue, in which she wrote, "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 has continued to open herself up, even if it meant being criticized. She has continued to be a portrait of grace. 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."
Remember the time she shared the most important relationship advice young girls need? "There is no boy, at this age, cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting an education. If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the President of the United States," she said during her appearance at Glamour's "The Power of an Educated Girl" event in Harlem, New York City, in 2015. All hail, the Queen!
Michelle Obama has made no secret of just how much she dislikes Donald Trump. Even before he took office, she was calling him out on his controversial statements. In a powerful speech in 2016, she detailed all the reasons why Trump's sexist language toward women is outright dangerous for the nation, saying, "This has got to stop right now because consider this: If all of this is painful to us as grown women, what do you think this is doing to our children? What messages are little girls hearing about who they should look like, how they should act? What lessons are they learning about their value as professionals, as human beings? About their dreams and aspirations?"