Outrage over Michelle Obama's head put on topless slave on mag cover
London, August 28 (ANI): A Spanish magazine landed itself in the middle of a racial controversy after digitally altering a French portrait of a slave to include the 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 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 Jemina headscarf, the image is part of a feature article examining Mrs. Obama's popularity among the American public, News One reported.
"...Behind every great man there is a great woman [which best] describes the Obama marriage. In the shadow of the U.S. 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).
According to Clutch Magazine, 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, the Daily Mail reported.
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." (ANI)
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