The controversial topless bust of Barack Obama’s wife Michelle Obama was unveiled to the public in New York yesterday.
On his website, Edwards describes the artwork as, “an accessorized mannequin bust of Obama that foregoes the conventional pearl necklace, and provides for her a ‘signature look’ to take to Washington.
“The goal is to create a look for Michelle Obama that eliminates excessive comparisons to Jackie Kennedy.”
from Entertainment Wise
I’m pretty offended by this rendering of Mrs. Obama. Why do we have to exoticize the Black female body all the damn time? I understand that it is supposed to remind the viewer of Nefertiti, but this is just damnably tacky. I mean, the flag? The Presidential emblem on the headdress?
And, before you ask, yes–this is a white male sculptor.
Why is it so bad that to many people, Michelle O. might be the new Jackie O.? There’s nothing wrong with that at all. Shame on the artist for trying to dictate how I should and should not see Michelle Obama? Things like this make me so angry. We shouldn’t have to change our Jackie-esque image of Michelle for anybody or anything. And yet, the artist sees this as problematic. Why is it that when it is a Black woman, some artists feel the need to so desperate make her exotic and sexual? Even the famed bust of Nefertiti does not render the queen with her breasts hanging out, and I question the Daniel Edwards interpretation of this particular bust.
Man, this is all out of order. I would like to see some decent artist renderings of Michelle Obama, so if y’all got them out there….please share.