Michelle Obama's New Portrait Is Already Stirring Up Snarky Remarks (PHOTO)

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michelle obama second official portrait white houseFirst came First Lady Michelle Obama's "mid-life crisis bangs." Today, we're getting the first glimpse at her second-term official White House portrait, shot by Chuck Kennedy, featuring those much-discussed locks. It was only a matter of, well, minutes before we were tweeting/Facebooking/blogging about how she looks.

Because ... that's what we do in America. The country that's supposedly so advanced, except that we can't treat women in power with the respect they deserve. We can't resist an opportunity to regress to the superficial, and reduce a brilliant woman like Michelle Obama -- a Harvard-trained lawyer who is currently using her platform as FLOTUS to drive initiatives related to our nation's health and veterans -- to her hairdo and lipstick. What is this, the '50s? It's pathetic.

Here, a few of the ridiculous remarks already made about the FLOTUS's portrait, which of course have absolutely nothing to do with what Michelle Obama does and represents as First Lady ...

  1. "That center part makes her head look a tad butt-like. It's cool, though. We like butts. ... Her lipstick is pretty, but those eyebrows -- yikes." -New York Mag, which at least acknowledged they were offering a "purely superficial breakdown" of the portrait.
  2. "The bare-arm look of 2012 is a thing of the past -- but hopefully not a message from the halls of power that women need to start wearing sleeves in professional environments again, because we just got used to the whole 'Michelle Obama does it, so I can too' thing." -The Root. Wow. Are we really worried about bare arms in the workplace? Is that really our biggest fish to fry, ladies? Might I remind you: We don't get equal pay for equal work! AHH!
  3. "This time around Michelle covered up her infamous arms." -Glam.comEnough about the arms!
  4. "Wedding ring, glossy pink lipstick, neutral nails: I am practically falling asleep but still, this is one for the literal history books." -TheFashionSpot.com, which gets a bit of a pass, because they blog about fashion and want to cover the news, but still ... it has me cringing about the history books being concerned only with Mrs. Obama's "neutral nails!"
  5. "It does not show her bangin’ arms, for one thing, and she is maybe a little overly made up and does not look as relaxed and happy as usual." -Wonkette.com, which also is built on tongue-in-cheek commentary, but ugh, we really do cluck our tongues when she doesn't look "relaxed and happy." Or when she reacts like a human being and not a Stepford wife. And that's just gotta stop.

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Are you also fed up with the constant focus on our FLOTUS's looks?


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Liz132 Liz132

She looks fine. The nit picking of her appearance is a little pathetic.

PonyC... PonyChaser

I'm old enough (god help me) to remember Nancy Reagan taking crap for how she looked. "Too skinny", "too expensive". Those are the ones I remember. Barbara Bush was "too old" with her white hair and grandmotherly look. Hillary Clinton, bless her, made headlines with pantsuits and headbands. Laura Bush was "too conservative" and "looked like a librarian" (gee, imagine that. She WAS a Librarian!!)


I don't know why we're surprised NOW that a First Lady is getting fashion backlash. EVERY woman in power gets it. Hell, the Queen gets crap for wearing pillbox hats and carrying around a little purse. Not right, but definitely human nature.


As for the pic, I'm also no fan of Michelle. But I do like the "banged" look. It's very becoming on her. And I"m glad she chose to go conservative for the pic; she goes to plenty of functions where bare arms and bright colors are fine. This buttoned-up look is very appropriate, and yet relaxed enough that she doesn't look all stuffy and staid.

Jenniy Jenniy

I think she looks beautiful.

nonmember avatar Bell

Is everyone missing the point of this article? It NOT about the portrait. It's about how our society is so damn focused on the physical attractiveness of of woman in power, and how it lessens their status in the workforce and world.

nonmember avatar Erica

Waste of computer memory, space, etc.

nonmember avatar eLiz

She looks like a younger Celia Cruz

hayds... haydsmom2007

I think she looks nice

DebaLa DebaLa

She looks great. The new bangs and sleeves are a nice improvement. It's an official portrait.   ??


These 'news,' woops, gossip outlets have to come up with sh!t for page views, pure and simple. She's always been a moving target, tho, for moreso than the usual, also unwarranted, abuse that most FLs receive. It's as much that it's the Obamas as the increasingly omnipresent Internet/social media. Modern FLs Kennedy thru Clinton were spared the worst of it. It escalated with FLs Bush 1 & 2, now it's out of control with the added political hate on the Obamas.


On another note, heaven forbid FLs are followed around only for their thoughts and actions like their husbands, we might have a conversation here. Amazing. The men can have love children and hide them for decades, but a FL can't flick lint off her jacket without catching crap.

Tammatha Brown

She is not a fashion icon, other people dress her. She never looks naturally dressed, all her clothes looked forced. The clothes wear her, she doesn't wear the clothes. She has a man face so the feminine clothes and this hair style look weird. 

Tammatha Brown

She is not a fashion icon, other people dress her. She never looks naturally dressed, all her clothes looked forced. The clothes wear her, she doesn't wear the clothes. She has a man face so the feminine clothes and this hair style look weird. 

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