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Friday, January 30, 2009

Yikes!

Poor First Lady Michelle Obama. Now, I'm hardly a fan or anything, but it strikes me that this pre-wax sculpture by Madame Tussaud's top man, Colin Jackson, has a Goya-esque flavour to it.

It errs, perhaps, a little too close to truth than to flattery.



Mrs. Obama is a woman whose face in repose hovers between "grim" and "aggressive". As such, a photographer or plastic artist must be careful to show her when her face is more relaxed lest a portrait become a caricature.

In this clay rendition, which will serve as a basis for the figurine, her massive underbite and chiclet-sized front teeth are overly apparent, not to mention the lack of subtlety around the mannish jaw area. As depicted here, she looks like a truck driver, or PE instructor, yeesh. All she needs is a whistle...

And is it me, or do they have her looking like Greta Van Susteren?

Either way, it's not a good likeness. Hopefully, the Washington Museum (which has only showcased Democratic First Ladies, Jacqueline Kennedy and Hillary Clinton) might have time to rectify their artistic license.

She needs to look good next to her hubby, in March, after all. Mighty fine, mmm-mmm.

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1 Comments:

  • Either way, it's not a good likeness.

    No reason to beat around the bush. It is a striking likeness. Almost like a plaster death mask.
    In her case, I wonder how long before the mask slips and the anger shows. Or will she a have change of heart?

    word verification: juddente

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Fri Jan 30, 10:42:00 am GMT-5  

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