Photo: Michelle Obama's new portrait
February 20th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Photo: Michelle Obama's new portrait

(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama's new official portrait was unveiled Wednesday - one which shows what she termed her "mid-life crisis."

In a talk show interview with Rachel Ray scheduled to air Wednesday, Obama discussed her much-talked-about bangs, saying they are her alternative to buying a sports car or bungee jumping.

The photo was taken in the Green Room of the White House just over a week ago. At left is her official portrait taken during her husband's first term in 2009.

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  1. Mark in Seattle

    Best First Lady ever!

    February 20, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. hansbronson

    Her new hairstyle makes her face look fatter

    February 20, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Babyboomer

    She looks beautiful in both pictures. Not too over done. Simple elegance...

    February 20, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Luke Brown

    She's beautiful, and represents our country well.

    February 20, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. anpula

    Beautiful! Smart! Elegant!

    Thank you First Lady for your service to our country.

    February 20, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. anpula

    Beautiful! Elegant! Intelligent!

    Thank you First Lady for your service to our country.

    February 20, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. MaryM

    Stunning portrait, great First Lady

    February 20, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    This has nothing directly to do with Michele, because she's unarguably beautiful, but NO MORE BANGS!!!! My gawd. I put the "bangs" trend right up there with Uggs as some of the ugliest, most unflattering fashion yuck that women have glommed onto in the past decade. I mean that give you wookie cankles and do's that hide your pretty faces? Stop it!

    February 20, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Rodney

    I'm so glad she got this done and it made the news so that all of the people that have been laying awake at night wondering how to pay their bills know that she got a new picture with her new bangs and that there is one less thing for them to worry about!

    February 20, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. TexasAnnie

    I think she looks great in both pictures, but I actually like her bangs look best. And this from a 65 year old woman who could NEVER pull off the bangs look - even when I was 25. I think Mrs. Obama looks terrific.

    February 20, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. norma jean

    SNIFFIT.........we will not require that YOU wear bangs................. but we do like them on Michele. She looks like she'd be a great ffriend...always laughing and haviing fun...I'd like to know her.

    February 20, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. Name lynn

    Michelle is a beautiful lady.

    February 20, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Bob

    She makes America proud.

    February 20, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Well isn’t that special.

    (shoes that give you wookie cankles) Hahahahahahahahaha, no you didn't!

    I like here bangs, she is beauiful. Go Michelle.

    February 20, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. pkrbkr

    Such a beautiful lady, inside and out! Great role model for our daughters and wonderful ambassador for our country. We love you, Michelle!

    February 20, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    Bangs are suggested in beauty salons for a number of reaons. A lot of women (mostly over age 40), choose to use bangs because they feel it gives them that youthful look again. In any event, the First Lady looks beautiful but I must admit, the 2009 portrait is better.

    February 20, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. Polly Cracker

    I don't like her new picture. She looks much, much older and more like a grandmother.

    February 20, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Lovely woman...

    February 20, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. Declan

    It is rumored that that is a wig. Just curious if it's true or not. I am also glad she has developed some class and is covering her arms.

    February 20, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. Gonzoinhouston

    I look at her and I have to wonder; when they take family vacations to Hawaii or wherever, well, who has to wash the dishes? Something tells me it isn't Michelle!

    February 20, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  21. rmm

    Looking good missy.

    February 21, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  22. AH

    She is a very striking woman and absolutely stunning. Her beauty shines from the inside.
    Her clear eyes and flawless skin show just how healthy she is. Obama is a very lucky man and we hope he knows it.

    This portrait is perfect.

    February 21, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  23. Marie MD

    Love it! Mrs. Obama can't take a bad picture. She is a great mom, smart woman and she and the President seem to be really in love and respect each other.
    @sniffit, bangs have been around forever.

    February 21, 2013 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  24. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    not in your wildest dreams

    February 21, 2013 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  25. Eagle

    How ugly looks like the Emperiors new cloths. No one wants to tell it like it is!

    February 21, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |