The former First Lady revealed in an interview with CBS news that before she got to the White House she would be treated differently to the other first ladies before her. She admitted that she knew she "wouldn't get the benefit of the doubt" like other former first ladies.
She said: "I would have to earn my grace, I knew that very clearly, and knew that would have to quickly define myself."
The ex-FLOTUS said she also had to prove that she was not only smart and strategic but willing to work harder than any other first lady.
She added: "I want all young girls out there to know - we all struggle with that, people of colour, working class folks, women of colour - people try to define us in a negative way before we get a chance to get out there and tell our own stories.”
Michelle also said that as First Lady it meant she had to come to the White House "rolling up my sleeves and ready to work."
Michelle Obama news: Ex-FLOTUS makes devastating confession - ‘I had to earn my grace' (Image: GETTY)
She admitted that she knew she "wouldn't get the benefit of the doubt" like other first ladies (Image: GETTY)
She continued: "I had to prove that not only was I smart and strategic, but I was going to work harder and faster and better and stronger than any first lady in history and I had to do that.”
During the interview, Michelle also discussed get time in the White House, her marriage and what she has had to overcome to get to where she is now.
Michelle also revealed that people didn’t “remember how many punches we took to get" to the White House.
She said: "For a minute there, I was an angry black woman who was emasculating her husband.”
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The ex-FLOTUS said she also had to prove that she was not only smart and strategic but hard-working (Image: GETTY)
"As I got more popular, that's when people of all sides - Democrats and Republicans - tried to take me out by the knees and the best way to do it was to focus on the one thing people were afraid of: the strength of a black woman."
It comes as Michelle took to Instagram to mark the end of an era - the 2010s.
The decade began with Michelle set for a second year in the White House as First Lady to husband Barack.
The decade ended with Michelle having recently