BLACK EXCELLENCE It’s Official: Michelle Obama Is the Most Admired Woman in the World—and Keeps Paying It Forward | The Root

Confirming what most of us already know, a new poll places Michelle Obama atop its list of the most...

Confirming what most of us already know, a new poll places Michelle Obama atop its list of the most admired women in the world. As reported by the Hill, an annual study by global market research company YouGov places two black women in the top spots; Obama is followed by close friend Oprah Winfrey in second place, both moving up to unseat Angelina Jolie, who slipped from first to third this year.

Priding itself on compiling unbiased, nonpartisan data from 42,000 respondents in 41 countries, the study simply asked, “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?” Former President Barack Obama once again landed in second place among most admired men in the world, behind Bill Gates—and in case you’re wondering, Donald Trump lags far behind in 14th place among men (which must infuriate him) while Melania Trump is 19th among women. And though the list is heavy with celebrity influence, with “12 of the most admired women being actresses, singers or TV presenters,” neither Beyoncé nor Rihanna made the top 20 international list, though Taylor Swift and Madonna land firmly in the 10th and 11th spots, respectively.

[Featured Image: Former first lady Michelle Obama discusses her book “Becoming” on Dec. 19, 2018, in New York City.Photo: Dia Dipasupil (Getty Images)]

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