The first lady appeared in front of a thousand screaming school girls in Harlem for a star-studded panel on girls’ education worldwide—and straight talk about dating.
On Tuesday morning, more than 1,000 girls (and a multitude of Secret Service members, NYPD officers, and police dogs) gathered at Harlem’s Apollo Theater to see Michelle Obama IRL. Technically, the event was a star-studded panel on girls’ education worldwide, organized by Glamour magazine. But “Power of an Educated Girl” panel was all about Michelle—from the hundreds of tween and high school-aged girls in the audience who shrieked every time her name was uttered, to the battalion of journalists in the audience who couldn’t help hollering every time the first lady said something totally badass (spoiler alert: this was a fairly common occurrence).
As befits any event at the intersection of world leaders, celebrities, serious issues,Glamour magazine, and sponsor Maybelline New York, the decorating scheme at the Apollo was Elle Woods chic: pink lighting, plush chairs, and a classy bouquet placed by every panelist. As the majority female audience settled in, a PowerPoint presentation featuring young girls around the world flashed by on the screen, accompanied by the pounding beats of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” Mistress of ceremonies and huge social media stan Sophia Bush took the stage to encourage the audience to live-tweet, Instagram and hashtag the show. The One Tree Hill actress alleged that “in high school I was a pretty big nerd” and linked her love of storytelling to her passion for English in grade school. Then, because education rocks and so does breakout Oslo duo Nico & Vinz, the two pop heartthrobs performed their hit single “Am I Wrong,” which they dedicated to all the “beautiful, strong, independent women” in the packed venue. Every girl in the audience quickly proceeded to lose her shit.
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