Michelle Obama's Portrait Gown Had a Hidden Meaning

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Portraits can also be entirely conceptual, but the process whereby the National Portrait Gallery commissions presidential portraits is structured to prevent anything too radical emerging from the artist. It maintains the only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House.

Kehinde Wiley, born to a Nigerian father and an African American mother, is world-renowned for his portraits of young black men adorned in the latest in hip-hop street style that includes Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Ice T, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and Michael Jackson, among others.

For his painting, Obama chose artist Kehinde Wiley who painted the president fading into the bushes.

Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday removed an article from his radio show's website that claimed the official portrait of former President Barack Obama contained secret images of sperm. Of the dress's silhouette she added, "The dress reveals her attractive shoulder and arms, which I think is very groundbreaking in a portrait of the First Lady".

"I used the same cotton poplin and minimal, geometric print to create something more conservative and modern", Smith says of the revised design added a bow sash waist and a slightly fuller skirt.

Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley / Oil on canvas, 2018 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

The former president and first lady made history by - not only posing for the portraits - but by choosing the black artists who made them.

"And I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives", she continued, "because I was one of those girls".

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Obama said Wiley initially wanted to portray him with "scepters" and "chifforobes" - possibly even mount him on a horse.

That's significant when you're talking about the nation's first and, so far, only first family of color - and each artist has won high praise for his or her distinct ways of presenting black subjects. Her works stand in direct opposition to prejudice and discrimination while questioning contemporary definitions of identity.

If, as Wiley has said, his intent as an artist is to be provocative, he can consider himself successful.

At Monday's ceremony, Barack Obama thanked Sherald for painting his wife "so spectacularly" and capturing the "grace, beauty, intelligence, charm, and hotness of the woman that I love". At Monday's unveiling, Obama said he was struck by how Wiley's portraits "challenge our conventional views of power and privilege". Nor does Sherald, who often depicts her subjects with some curiously evocative object (a bunch of balloons or a model ship) that creates a dreamlike atmosphere, emphasize the phantasmagorical in her portrait of Michelle Obama.

Reactions to the portraits were mixed.

The result is a work that embraces Obama's own personal story.

After her portrait was unveiled, the former First Lady said she, "was a little overwhelmed, to say the least".

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