Michelle Obama Dressed Up as Beyoncé to Celebrate Her Birthday for a Good Cause

Beyonce Birthday Michelle Obama

Left: Beyoncé | Right: Michelle Obama

When Beyoncé does something, the world takes notice. And who could blame us—Queen Bey is always pushing the envelope, not only with her music, but her stunning style and artistic visuals. Last year, she debuted Formation and released an accompanying video that still resonates today. To celebrate her 36th birthday, many of her famous friends and family gathered to pay homage to one of Formation‘s most iconic looks—an oversize hat, long braids, and opulent jewelry. This included music pals like Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland (past Destiny’s Child members), as well as one of Beyoncé’s biggest supporters—former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Obama and Beyoncé have a friendship that goes back a decade. At Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2008, Beyoncé was one of the performers. Since that time, the two have continued to grow their relationship and bonded over philanthropic efforts. Beyoncé’s birthday is a perfect example of this; Obama’s portrait, along with 17 others, was meant to raise awareness for BeyGOOD Houston, which supports relief efforts in the Hurricane Harvey-ravaged city. Obama’s fame, along with the celebrity of others like Serena Williams, helped make this campaign go viral.

BeyGOOD Houston has teamed up with local organizations Bread of Life, Greater Houston Community Foundation, and Texas Southern University to help those displaced from the storm. Donations will help long-term revitalization as well as buy supplies that meets immediate needs, including cots, baby products, wheelchairs, and more. You can still contribute here.

Last year, Beyoncé debuted her song and video Formation. It had many iconic looks, like this one:

Beyonce Birthday Michelle Obama

Photo: YouTube

For Beyonce's birthday this year, some of her famous friends and family dressed up in the ensemble, including former First Lady Michelle Obama:

Beyonce's Birthday

Michelle Obama

The homage was for a good cause—it raises awareness for BeyGOOD Houston's efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Here are other pictures from the campaign:

Beyonce's Birthday

Blue Ivy Carter

Beyonce's Birthday

Ms. Gloria Carter (Jay-Z's mom)

Beyonce Birthday Michelle Obama

Tina Lawson (Beyoncé’s mom)

Beyonce Birthday Michelle Obama

Serena Williams

Beyonce's Birthday

Kelly Rowland

BeyGOOD Houston: Website
h/t: [BuzzFeed]

All images via Beyoncé unless otherwise noted.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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