Over the years, First Lady Michelle Obama has graced the covers of magazines like Vogue, Glamour and Time.
But the latest issue of the Spanish magazine, Fuera de Serie, has caught the attention of many after the face of the First Lady was superimposed onto the 19th Century painting “Portarait d’une negresse” by Marie-Guilhelmine Benoist.
The modified painting depicts the First Lady draped with the American flag, one breast exposed, and with the headline that reads, “Michelle Tataraniet de Esclava, Duena de America,” which translates to, “Michelle, Grandaughter of a Slave, Lady of America.”
The French artist, Karine Percheron-Daniels defends the cover claiming it offer the viewers to “view famous individuals in a different way.”
However critics are calling the cover blantly racist and offensive.
“Let’s be clear: This image has nothing to do with acknowledging Obama’s enslaved foremothers, and everything to do with reinforcing and extending the historical denial of black women’s individuality and agency,” writes Althea Legal-Miller in Clutch magazine.
The cover was featured on the August 2012 issue of the magazine and will be part of a series that will show famous people nude, including President Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln and Queen Elizabeth II.