Michelle Obama Portrayed as a Topless Slave on Spanish Magazine Cover
The first lady's face has been superimposed on a semi-nude portrait of a female slave painted in 1800 by Marie-Guillemine Benoist and displayed in the Louvre.
Michelle Obama -- topless?
No, it’s not a new political ad paid for by some shadowy super PAC.
The first lady of the United States is the victim of what could be called politically charged Photoshopping. An image of her with a bare breast is on the cover of Spanish magazine Fuera de Serie. The magazine superimposed Obama’s head on the body of a slave, inspired by a famous painting that dates to 1800.
Obama is draped in an American flag, wearing a headscarf with her breast. The accompanying words, “Michelle Se Come a Obama," literally translate to "Michelle Eats Obama."
The article -- whose headline translates to “Michelle: Granddaughter of a Slave, Lady of America,” focuses on the first lady’s popularity and how she has been an invaluable asset for President Barack Obama during his presidency.
French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist first exhibited the original painting, titled "Portrait d'une négresse," at the Louvre in 1800. At that time, it was viewed as uplifting portrait of black and female rights.
The image is just one in a series of edited photos in the magazine that show famous people's faces on the heads of other nudes, according to Clutch magazine. Barack Obama, President Abraham Lincoln and Princess Diana's images are featured inside the print version of Fuera de Serie.
The artist of all these works, Karine Percheron-Daniels, defends her artistic work to Clutch, saying it simply shows "famous individuals in a different way."