Topless Magazine Cover Of Michelle Obama Totally Inappropriate And Disrespectful
9:45 am, August 28th | by Laura Donovan
I thought things were going well for first lady Michelle Obama, who has done a fine job guest editing iVillage this week, until I stumbled upon a Spanish magazine cover of her topless. The image in which she’s photoshopped is also of a former French slave.
The FLOTUS’s face is inserted into the “Portrait d’une négresse” painting, which Marie-Guillemine Benoist created in 1800 and is currently housed in Paris’s famous Louvre. Benoist, who reportedly “fit the middle and upper class ideal of ‘womanhood,’” was trying to promote feminism and slave freedom with her work, according to some historians:
“Although we do not know whether or to what extent Benoist partook in the volatile debates on slavery and gender current during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in France, her painting may be seen as a voice of protest, however small, in the discourse over human bondage. With the portrait, the artist responded to early nineteenth-century French racialism and the less-than-desirable treatment of women by playing upon the popular analogy of women and slaves.”
Regardless of the painter’s intention or publication’s statement, our first lady does not need to be shown shirtless on the front of a magazine, and it demonstrates a great lack of respect for her as a political figure and woman to depict her in such a manner.