First Lady Michelle Obama smiles as she attends an event discussing education for girls at the Iikura Guest House in Tokyo March 19, 2015.
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YouTube star joins Michelle Obama on trip to Japan

Michelle Obama isn’t the only famous “Michelle” on her trip to Japan. Joining the first lady will be beauty guru and Youtube star Michelle Phan, who is accompanying Obama as she takes the White House’s Let Girls Learn initiative to Tokyo.

Obama, who arrived in the Japanese capital on Wednesday, is raising global awareness for the importance of girls’ education and encouraging countries around the world to join together to address the education crisis. According to the White House, 62 million girls around the world are currently not in school.

Phan’s addition to the first lady’s trip is part of the White House’s efforts to reach out to young people through social networks and sites like YouTube. In January, President Obama sat down with three YouTube stars for wide-ranging interviews about politics, race, and education.

Ahead of their trip to Japan, Phan has encouraged her fans online to support the Let Girls Learn initiative. The 27-year-old entrepreneur, who began her own cosmetic line with L’Oreal in 2013, has more than 650,000 followers on Twitter and more than seven million subscribers on YouTube. 

The first lady’s week-long trip will include stops in both Japan and Cambodia.

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YouTube star joins Michelle Obama on trip to Japan