Michelle Obama Enlists Missy Elliott, Janelle Monáe, Zendaya for New Song ‘This Is for My Girls’

The song is part of the first lady’s Let Girls Learn campaign.

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Union Market in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 2016, to celebrate International Women’s Day and to mark the first anniversary of her Let Girls Learn initiative.
First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Union Market in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 2016, to celebrate International Women’s Day and to mark the first anniversary of her Let Girls Learn initiative. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Michelle Obama enlisted some heavy hitters in a new uplifting anthem dedicated to young women around the world. “This Is for My Girls” features Zendaya, Missy Elliott, Kelly Rowland, Lea Michele, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, Jadagrace and Chloe & Halle. 

The song is part of the first lady’s call to action and supports both the Let Girls Learn initiative and the #62MillionGirls campaign.

The song, which was written by Diane Warren, was released Thursday morning and can be purchased on iTunes. What makes the song great is that not only are the A-list singers involved, but they also all did it for free!

Warren recalled working on the song: “It happened so fast—literally, Kelly Clarkson was singing her part in Nashville while we were almost mastering it,” she said. “So we dropped her vocals in. It was that crazy.”

You can listen to a snippet of Missy Elliott’s verse below and purchase the single on iTunes. All proceeds will support the Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn Fund.

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