- (Photo: Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Michelle Obama has released an official White House portrait of herself on Wednesday featuring her much talked about haircut.
The First Lady is pictured in the Green Room of the White House wearing a dark two-toned dress paired with pearls in the new photo. Furthermore, the official portrait features Obama's latest hairstyle that includes bangs.
The image provided by the White House via Flickr is being made available for publication by news organizations, according to a statement from the White House.
Initially introduced on the First Lady's birthday on Jan. 17, the bangs made waves on social media sites with people around the world offering comments. Even her husband President Barack Obama mentioned the hairstyle change at the time.
"I love her bangs," said Obama during an inaugural event last month. "She looks good. She always looks good."
The popular wife of President Obama has since commented on the haircut, joking that they were part of a "mid-life crisis."
"This is my mid-life crisis, the bangs," said Obama while speaking to television host Rachel Ray. "I couldn't get a sports car. They won't let me bungee jump. So instead, I cut my bangs."
Many have applauded Obama's personal and professional style, and the First Lady is recognized as an international fashion icon.
However, among those against the bangs was designer Karl Lagerfeld. The legendary French designer referred to the First Lady's bangs as a "bad idea."
"I don't understand the change of hair," Lagerfeld told French television station Canal Plus. "Frankly, the fringe was a bad idea. It's not good."
Despite his scathing review of the haircut, Lagerfeld noted that he "adored" the First Lady.
The wife of the 44th President of the U.S. is very popular for not just her sense of style, but for her work with Lets Move!, a campaign that battles childhood obesity, and her efforts to help working families.
In 2007, Vanity Fair named Obama among its "10 of the World's Best Dressed People."
President Obama once admitted that both his wife better liked than he was when referring to Jay-Z during a fundraiser event last year.
"Jay [Z] knows what my life is like," started the Commander in Chief. "We both have daughters and our wives are more popular than we are."
The Obamas share daughters Sasha and Malia.