Michelle Obama's Shoulders Are Dead, but Her Bangs Are Alive

Esther Zuckerman
The Atlantic Wire

Michelle Obama has a new official White House portrait. Let's compare and contrast! 

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Here's the First Lady's new portrait, showing of her instantly famous new bangs, which she recently deemed something of a "midlife crisis" moment. She's wearing three-quarter length sleeves, and is seated, almost as if she were in the middle of an intimate conversation with you. 

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Now, let's look at her previous portrait, from February 2009. Here she stands, sort-of leaning on a table, showing off her also famous arms. Her hair has a lot of volume. 

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Like her husband, she also seems to look more relaxed in the new portrait.