Michelle Obama reemerged on Monday to reveal her official National Portrait Gallery portrait. Unfortunately for her, however, her big return to the spotlight did not go nearly as well as she was hoping.
Fox News reported that Michelle was left humiliated as social media users slammed the portrait, saying it looks nothing like her. Barack Obama tried to save the embarrassing situation by praising Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald “for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love,” but social media users were not buying it.
— Bill Colona (@BillColona) February 12, 2018
“Michelle Obama is an elegant lady and the portrait looks nice. But clearly, the artist drew someone else,” wrote Dr. Eugene Gu, a health care columnist for The Hill.
Michelle Obama is an elegant lady and the portrait looks nice. But clearly, the artist drew someone else. pic.twitter.com/659jRDHY33
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) February 12, 2018
“LOVE the new portrait of Michelle Obama,” tweeted conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, who attached an explosively colorful painting of abstract art.
LOVE the new portrait of Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/c4OXHhFOw6
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 12, 2018
Though Michelle was clearly disappointed and humiliated, she tried to save face by saying that she, “was a little overwhelmed, to say the least.”
“I’m also thinking about all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up, and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall,” she said.
Sherald also defended the painting.
“I paint American people, and I tell American stories through the paintings I create,” Sherald said. “Once my paintings are complete, the model no longer lives in the painting as themselves. I see something bigger, more symbolic, an archetype.”
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