Michelle Obama doesn't mess around: ever since she became First Lady, she's been a vocal advocate for women's rights, healthy habits, education and beyond. Just look at her #GimmeFive campaign to spread five ways you can be healthy diet-wise or fitness-wise as an example of the weight her words hold. So when Michelle urges girls to forget boys and focus on education, you know she's being serious.
Speaking on a panel hosted by Glamour in Harlem recently, FLOTUS told an audience of 1,000 at The Power of An Educated Girl, as it was called, that although "being a teenager is hard ... half these people, you're not going to know when you're 60." She further argued that "there is no boy, at this age, that is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education," in response to the notion that smarts come at the cost of being social.
"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 finished.
Although it would be even better to suggest teenage girls should focus on their studies so they can become the president themselves as opposed to marrying one, the message was clear: don't worry too much about putting on a certain appearance for people who won't matter in your life longer than this moment. Study hard, work hard and rise above the noise. That's what Michelle did and it's how she got to where she is today.
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