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Malia Obama Opens Up About Her Mother's Influence In Netflix Documentary Appearance

Malia Obama Opens Up About Her Mother's Influence In Netflix Documentary Appearance
May 5, 2020 - 19:37 / Amanda Stanford

Malia is opening up about what it's like to have such an influential woman as a mother, and shares her admiration for her mom in the new Netflix documentary Becoming.

The inspirational Obama women are speaking out

Malia Obama is breaking silence in the new documentary Becoming, which will follow the life of the former First Lady, and international feminist icon, Michelle Obama.

Former First Lady and author Michelle Obama appears onstage at Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama at the Forum

Along with Malia, Sasha Obama and Barack Obama will also be those to appear in the film, and the family is sharing what it's like living with Michelle behind closed doors.

Despite being away at college, Malia makes an appearance in the film visiting her mom backstage during her book tour, and praises her mother.


"You're so good, I love you too much," says Malia. She continues on to say that she "cried again" watching her mom, to which Michelle laughs and says, "Why you always crying?"

"This has demonstrated in a way — it’s just like, damn, those eight years weren’t for nothing. You know?" Malia says to her mom.

"You see that huge crowd out there and that last kind of speech you gave about — people are here because people really believe in hope and hope in other people," she continues.


She stops for a moment, and in a jovial tone adds, "And also every time you guys play Stevie Wonder, I don’t know, I cry a little bit."

The film is set to follow Michelle Obama around the country as she promotes her personal memoir, which also influences community activism empowering girls and young women.

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These past few weeks have been a scary and difficult time. While so much is still unknown, one thing has been made startlingly clear: just how interconnected our communities are, whether they are the size of a city block or the span of the entire planet. And today, more than 98 million adolescent girls in our global community are not in school. I take this issue personally—not only because I see myself and my daughters in these girls, but because our global wellbeing is tied up in their success. When we give girls access to education, we give them the opportunity to fulfill their potential, build healthier families, and contribute to their countries' economies for generations to come. That's why I am so excited about the work that the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance is doing to support girls around the world who are striving to get an education against incredible odds. I hope you find as much inspiration as I do in these young people, who consistently choose hope over fear and use their talents to build a brighter future. If you are looking for a little positivity this week, you can follow @LizaKoshy, @MostlySane, and @_ThembeMathe as they share the stories of these incredible young women in a new special streaming now on @youtube.

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Later in the film, Sasha Obama also has a few words for her mother, saying, "I’m excited for her to be proud of what she’s done ‘cause I think that’s the most important thing for a human to do is be proud of themselves."

"Barack and I are empty-nesters," Michelle Obama says in Becoming, "and that has been exhilarating: to watch the two little beans you were in charge of grow up." 

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Malia and Sasha are both attending University, and generally avoid the spotlight.

The former First Lady says, "With Sasha and Malia, [we try to] honour the unique flame each of them has inside. They are their own people, and that’s what I love about them. And they’ve got to have room to breathe and explore."

Becoming premieres Wednesday on Netflix.