Michelle Obama Is Named "Most-Admired Woman" of the Year in New Poll
And Melania Trump takes second place.
Michelle Obama is closing out 2019 on a high note.
In a new poll conducted by analytics company Gallup, the former first lady is named "most-admired woman" for the second year in a row. During the data-gathering process, a random sample of 1,025 Americans are asked to name, "in an open-ended fashion, which man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most." And Michelle took 10 percent of the vote.
Meanwhile, Melania Trump came in second place, with 5 percent of respondents electing her for the title. Trailing not too far behind were Oprah Winfrey and teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg, who tied for third place.
It's been quite the year for Obama. In addition to embarking on a sold-out book tour for her memoir Becoming, she also produced her first Netflix documentary with husband Barack Obama — all while sending their youngest daughter Sasha off to college.
On Monday, Michelle took to Instagram to reflect on her ups and downs as first lady over the past decade in a heartfelt post. "Ten years ago at this time, our girls were sixth and third graders. Our family hadn’t been in the White House for even a year yet, and Bo was still pretty much a puppy," she captioned a grid of photos that highlighted some of the family's major milestones. "And though I felt that our family had adjusted well into a wild new reality, I was still a little uncertain about what all the spotlights and pressure would do to us."
Obama continued: "So looking back, what I’m most filled with is gratitude. A decade like this one was never a part of my plan—not even close. But I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities, the relationships, and the growth I’ve experienced over these years."
But the journey wasn't always easy, as Michelle is also grateful for the tough moments that made her who she is today. "We should also be sure to relish the fullness of our stories. That includes the tough moments we persevered through, the messiness that spurred us to make a swerve, and the memories that are still a little bit tender," she wrote. "Though they’re difficult, those moments can be some of the most beautiful parts of our lives. What we often see as a weakness or a failure is often a strength—or a turning point to something better."
"I’m thankful for the worries and the anxieties, the failures and false starts. And most of all, I’m thankful that after all of it, we came out whole."