The former first lady drew major attention Monday, Sept. 4 when she appeared dressed as Queen Bey in her now-legendary “Formation” hat and braids. The image was part of a photo collage on the singer’s website which served as a happy birthday message from family and friends. Each woman (and child), including Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter, mother Tina Knowles Lawson and friend Serena Williams, donned a hat, braids and ornate jewelry in black-and-white photos.
While everyone looked absolutely flawless, it was Obama who set social media users’ tongue’s wagging.
Michelle Obama as Beyoncé in Formation extended my life expectancy and paid off my credit card bills 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/cKjVy7TwIw
— Alp Ozcelik (@alplicable) September 4, 2017
Michelle Obama pays homage to Beyoncé on Bey’s 36th birthday and we are but earthlings pic.twitter.com/4rDm93YPn6
— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) September 4, 2017
Michelle Obama’s Post-White House Moments:
Queens 🙌🏼. Michelle Obama is hella fierce in this Beyoncé Formation outfit. Forever my FLOTUS. pic.twitter.com/TiajGnujlv
— Krystle Piamonte (@kryspia) September 5, 2017
Michelle Obama did this for Beyoncé’s birthday. Let that sink in. pic.twitter.com/C1VDeQXAwG
— RUMI AND SIR (@beyupdates_) September 4, 2017
MICHELLE OBAMA! IN FORMATION! GET THE FUCK! pic.twitter.com/aTQTi1lEPr
— Jasmyn Lawson (@JasmynBeKnowing) September 4, 2017
It’s no secret that Obama and Bey have developed a bond over the years. Beyoncé performed at former President Barak Obama’s second inauguration and sang Etta James’ “At Last” during the couple’s first dance in 2009.
Obama has also never been shy about complimenting the queen. She tweeted in 2012 that Bey is “a role model for us all” after the superstar performer wrote an open letter describing Obama as “the ultimate example of a truly strong African-American woman.”