'I'm so in awe of Michelle Obama': Beyonc takes starring role in video released by President's re-election campaign
14:04 GMT, 16 July 2012
The mutual admiration between Beyonc Knowles and Michelle Obama is now playing a part in the President's re-election bid.
In a new video released by the Obama campaign, the singer, 30, explains the reasons she wrote an open letter to the First Lady in April.
She says: 'I wrote a letter to the First Lady because I wanted her to know that I'm very grateful for everything she's doing for our country, and also for women around the world…
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A-list support: Beyonc has appeared in a video released by the Obama re-election campaign, describing her admiration for the First Lady
'I am so in awe of Michelle Obama. Every time I see her she inspires me, she empowers me, she encourages me to live a healthy lifestyle, to support our veterans.'
Beyonc's words are played over a montage of footage of Mrs Obama over the past four years, from planting with children in the White House Kitchen Garden to dancing with her husband at an inauguration ball.
The original handwritten note, which Beyonc posted on her blog three months ago, declared Mrs Obama 'the ultimate example of a truly strong African-American woman.'
Mutual appreciation: Michelle Obama, pictured at a White House luncheon on Friday, is equally full of admiration for Beyonc
She wrote that she was 'proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you to look up to.'
Among the attributes of the First Lady
that Beyonc most admires are the fact that she is 'humble, loving and
sincere' despite 'the pressure, and the stress of being under the
She also praised Mrs Obama for being a caring mother, and a loving wife, while at the same time being First Lady.
Pride: The letter, posted on the singer's website in april, described the First Lady as 'the ultimate example of a truly strong African-American woman'
'She builds and nurtures her family, while also looking out for so many millions in so many ways,' the letter read.
The new mother thanked Mrs Obama for 'every single thing that u do [sic]' before signing off, 'love, Beyonc'.
open letter followed Beyonc's support at a fundraiser Mrs Obama hosted
with Robert De Niro in March at New York's Greenwich Hotel.
Glamorous guest: Beyonc pictured at an Obama fundraiser hosted by Robert De Niro and the First Lady in New York in March
She and her husband, Jay-Z, have long been prominent supporters of President Obama.
singer has designed a T-shirt for the Runway To Win initiative, which
is raising funds for the Obama re-election campaign, and last year she
joined the First Lady in a Let's Move flash workout event.
In turn, Mrs Obama has demonstrated that she is an enthusiastic fan of Beyonc's music, taking daughters Sasha and Malia to the singer's concert in May.
She also admitted in a People magazine interview that Beyonc would be the one person she would consider trading places with.