Hair goals, body goals, mom goals, wife goals, relationship goals (with Barack’s help), style goals, degree goals; just all around #GOALS.
There has never been a more brilliant, classy, poised, and elegant FLOTUS. If you disagree, your opinion simply does not matter. First Lady Michelle Obama is IT.
After watching her riveting speech at the Democratic Convention last week, and as I start to come to the depressing realization that she’ll soon be leaving the White House, I thought I would pay tribute to this phenomenal woman.
Let’s be honest, there are not too many public figures who can be given the title “role model” these days. Yes Michelle is black, but she epitomizes role model for ALL women, and does it so effortlessly mind, body, and soul.
What makes her such an amazing role model?
1.Education is her priority.
Michelle is a black girl from Chicago’s south side, who received not one, but two degrees from TWO Ivy Leagues; Princeton and Harvard. I honestly could just end this article right here. Not only has she instilled the importance of education in her daughters, Sasha and Malia, but also into millions of college graduates, having been the keynote speaker at numerous commencement ceremonies over the past few years.
In 2014, FLOTUS spoke to the sophomore class at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. and addressed the importance of higher education. She stated,”when the year 2020 rolls around, nearly two thirds of all jobs in this country is going to require some training beyond high school. Whether its a vocational program, a community college, a 4 year university, you all are gonna need some kind of education to build the kind of lives you want to live.” But she doesn’t just stress the importance of education, she has talked about the many ways that college can be affordable. If she can do it, you can do it too!
She recently discovered her hidden talent through discussing the importance of education, which was highlighted on one of my favorite TV shows right now, The Real. Take a look:
2. She is #bodygoals, and wants us to be #bodygoals, too.
Fifty-two and getting finer everyday. Not only that, she’s been named a fashion icon by major publications People Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Vogue.
I remember when Michelle started the Let’s Move Initiative 4 years ago, when I was entering college. She was so passionate about healthy living, which was so important (and still is), with the rapid increase in childhood obesity in the United States. Not only did she launch a very necessary campaign for youth, but she included Beyonce in her efforts. GOAT. I don’t care if you don’t like Beyonce, and this is not the time to attack the Beyhive, but Michelle and Beyonce combined is undeniably a force to be reckoned with. So, thus far, we have a FLOTUS from southside Chicago, with 2 ivy league degrees, who dances with Beyonce…
and I still have 5 more to go.
3. She’s classy, with a splash of ratty.
MAJOR KEY alert:
I know you all have seen the viral video of FLOTUS rapping Missy Elliot’s “Get Your Freak On” better than Missy herself. I mean, the song was already a timeless hit, but you would have thought the single just dropped yesterday and it was 2001 again. Who else’s mom knows all the lyrics to a Missy classic? Exactly.
4. She remains calm in the face of criticism.
Not all images of black women in the media are negative. However, TV shows such as Real Housewives of Atlanta and Love and Hip Hop haven’t necessarily helped over the past few years. I realize it’s entertainment, but it’s getting old and tarnishing the image of black women. Those women feel like if someone looks at them sideways ONE time, they have to squad up and throw bows. I know Michelle receives daily hate mail, constant social media attacks, and I guarantee no first family has received as much hate and scrutiny as the Obama’s. Yet, Michelle remains so calm and poised. That’s GOT to be difficult. She simply shows love towards those who loathe her.
According to US Weekly, FLOTUS said in her DNC speech that [when Obama assumed office] she had to teach [Sasha and Malia] to ignore the intense scrutiny and criticism the family faced. “This is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight,” she said. “How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. … No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.”
5. She is a leader.
When a potential FLOTUS is so inspired by your speech, that she can’t help but to copy and paste your words into her speech for the Republican National Convention.
Michelle sets the bar high. She inspires. She educates. She motivates. She leads.
She was first recognized for her poignant speech at the DNC back in 2004, over a decade ago, and is still being recognized for her powerful words today. Her 2016 DNC speech last week left us speechless, once again. She’s not just a first lady. She made a name for herself from the beginning.
One particular point in her speech has received the most praise (and criticism) when she said “…I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn,” she said. “And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”
Some feel that because she mentioned slavery, she’s pushing the entire country back 200 years, but no, she is recognizing how far we have come. African Americans went from the out house to the White House, and it’s a beautiful thing.
6. If no one else has Barack’s back, Michelle does.
Yes FLOTUS is her own woman, independent, and definitely doesn’t need Barack in order to define her success, but when you see Barack, you know she’s not too far behind. Michelle Obama had nothing but love for her husband, President Barack Obama, during a sit-down with Oprah Winfrey at the United State of Women summit in Washington DC on Tuesday. Oprah asked if there were ever days when she thought, “Mmm, mmm, mmm — look at me in the White House,” to which Michelle joked, “Good lord. Watching my husband walk off of Marine One and go to the Oval Office, it’s like, mmm, mmm, mmm. And you know he’s got that walk, right?” She even added that he has gotten better with age, saying that he has always been “very swagalicious.”
If you’ve read my previous posts, you know I love love, and Michelle loves her some Barack.
7. She knows who she is.
Going back to Michelle’s conversation with Oprah during the 2016 United State of Women in Washington, D.C. last month, the two discussed the issue of many women not knowing their self-value, or self-worth.
FLOTUS said “Our first job as women is to get to know ourselves, and many times we don’t do that.” She reflected on the time she worked full time at the University of Chicago as associate dean of student services, had recently given birth to Malia, while Barack was busy working in the US Senate. She eventually decided to work part-time so that she could juggle all of her responsibilities. “The only thing I found out from working part-time was that you only get paid part-time,” FLOTUS said. So when she received an offer to work as Vice President of community relations and external affairs at the University of Chicago medical center, she confidently told them she would only work full-time and be paid what she deserved because she refused to be taken advantage of. She knew her value, and was not going to settle for less.
“We have to invest in time of getting to know who we are, and liking who we are, because I LIKE me. I’ve liked me for a very long time,” Michelle said.
When she was preparing to be a first lady for the first time, many wondered how she was going to be as the first african american FLOTUS. “I specifically didn’t take the time to read other first ladies’ books, because I didn’t want to be influenced by how they defined the role.” Because she had taken the time to get to know herself, she was prepared to take on one of the most challenging roles in the world, her way. She’s re-defined FLOTUS. The next first lady has great shoes to fill.
Thank you, Michelle, for being who you are, so that many young women across the world, like myself, can become who we want and need to be.