Michelle Obama's photoshopped topless picture creates furore

Aug 29, 2012, 10:03 IST | Agencies

A Spanish magazine landed itself in the middle of a racial controversy after digitally altering a French portrait of a slave to include Michelle Obama's face, on the cover of their latest issue.

The August 2012 issue of Magazine Fuera de Serie, a supplement to Spanish newspaper Expansion, features the US First Lady’s face superimposed over an 1800 female slave painting by French artist Marie-Guilhelmine Benoist.

Seated on a chair covered with the American Flag, right breast exposed, and wearing an Aunt Jemima headscarf, the image is part of a feature article examining Obama’s popularity among the American public.

“Behind every great man there is a great woman [which best] describes the Obama marriage. In the shadow of the US president is a person whose popularity ratings exceed those of Barack’s own. This person is none other than his wife Michelle,” reads the roughly translated description for ‘Michelle Tataranieta De Esclava, Duena De America’ (Michelle, Granddaughter Of A Slave. Lady Of America).

Artistic or offensive?  A Spanish magazine photoshopped Michelle Obama’s face on a portrait done by painter Marie-Guillemine Benoist

The cover is part of a series depicting famous people nude and also features Princess Diana, Abraham Lincoln, and even Michelle’s husband, Barack Obama.

Defending her artistic choice, French/English artist Karine Percheron-Daniels claims it gives the viewer a glimpse in to an ‘alternative unexpected reality’ letting us ‘view famous individuals in a different way.’

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