[Why does it feel like this is not news? We already knew this; it’s just great to finally have a report that confirms it.] According to a new YouGov study, the former First Lady of the United States bumped American actor and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie off the first place podium (to third), taking over this year’s title of the most admired woman in the world. Closely following, in second place, is everyone’s favourite talk show host and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey.
This year, the study covers the views of people in 41 countries – the most ever – with more than 42,000 people being interviewed to compile the list. The 2019 list of the world’s most admired includes Queen Elizabeth II, sitting FLOTUS, Melania Trump, Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, Chinese singer and wife of president Xi Jinping, Peng Liyuan, Indian actress, Sushmita Sen, US talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, Portuguese footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, amongst several others.
Michelle Obama is best-known for advocating for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, her enthusiasm about education, and actively encouraging all-round healthy living. One of her most famous quotes is, “Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.”