MICHELLE Obama may be used to appearing on the cover of magazines but it is unlikely she gave her approval for this latest appearance.
The Spanish magazine Fuera de Serie has stirred up controversy by revealing a photoshopped picture of the First Lady bare breasted and as a 19th century slave.
The original portrait, titled Portrait D’Une Negresse, was released in 1800, when French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist exhibited the painting at the Louvre’s annual salon.
At the time the portrait was viewed as a tribute to emancipation and the beginning of a feminist movement in France coming just six years after the country had abolished slavery.
But this message has been lost on online viewers who have simply found the cover offensive and racist.
Even the article’s headline ‘Michelle Granddaughter of a Slave, Lady of America’ has done little to calm reader’s fury.
“As a non-Spanish speaker I first looked at the image and just thought OMG that’s Michelle Obama’s boobs,” writes Jessica Wakeman on The Frisky.
However the artist responsible Karine Percheron-Daniels has defended her work saying it shows an ‘alternative unexpected reality’ by allowing the viewer to see ‘famous individuals in a different way’.
“I’m sure Obama would love it, and I hope that someday she can see it,” she said.
The image is part of a series of edited photos that show famous people’s faces on the heads of other nudes.