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Fuera de Serie, a Spanish magazine, has sparked controversy with its new cover depicting Michelle Obama as a 19th Century French slave. Seriously.

The First Lady of the United States' face is superimposed over "Portrait d'une négresse," a famous painting by French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist.

The painting from 1800 depicted a female French slave in a headdress and white gown, one breast exposed. Now Michelle Obama is shown as such:

Michelle Obama Topless Slave Cover

The painting was finished just six years after France's abolition of slavery and has been regarded by art historians as a commentary on both sexism and racism.

Not surprisingly, the image has many critics in the U.S. and Europe wondering if the cover was designed to be more provocative than political ... ya think?!

For its part, the magazine lauds Michelle Obama as the "gran mujer" (great woman) behind her powerful husband. An excerpt of the cover story reads:

"In the shadow of the U.S. President is a person whose popularity ratings exceed those of Barack’s own. This person is none other than his wife Michelle."

"To find out how Michelle has managed to seduce the American people, [we] detail the secrets of a woman who has won [America's hearts]."

Many believe it smacks of racism and reinforces the historical denial of black female individuality, but artist Karine Percheron-Daniels stands by it.

In fact, she thinks Michelle would "love" the picture and would love to show it to Mrs. Obama one day. We wouldn't hold our breath if we were Karine.

What do you think of this Michelle Obama cover?

 

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On the Tonight Show Monday night, Olympic champion Gabby Douglas revealed how she celebrated her gold medal-winning gymnastics performance.

"I splurged on an Egg McMuffin at McDonald's!" the 16-year-old said ... an answer that was music to the ears of famous fast food lover Jay Leno.

"Egg McMuffin?" the intrigued host said as the program's other guest, fitness and nutrition fanatic Michelle Obama, could only shake her head.

"Gabby, don't encourage him," she joked. "I'm sure it was a whole wheat McMuffin."

Added the First Lady, amid laughter, "You're setting me back, Gabby!"

As First Lady, Obama has advocated for encouraging healthy eating; on her last trip to the Tonight Show, Michelle even got Jay to eat vegetables.

Later during the trio's chat, Leno questioned the gold medalist about her post-Olympics life, and whether or not it's met her expectations so far.

Watch the second half of her interview after the jump ...

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Barack Obama took a break from campaigning for a couple hours last night in order to take in the Team USA basketball exhibition in Washington, D.C.

And he wasn't alone.

With LeBron James and company hanging on to defeat Brazil in a surprisingly tight contest, Obama snuggled up to First Lady Michelle in the front row, at one point taking attention away from the players in front of him by smooching his wife on the lips.

Not that the President had a choice. He was captured on the arena's Kiss Cam and all...

This wasn't the first time Michelle Obama has been enveloped in love this week. Watch Beyonce express her admiration for the mother of Sasha and Malia in a new video.

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The bond between Beyonce and Michelle Obama just grew a little stronger.

In May, the First Lady took her daughters to a Knowles concert, a night out that followed a Tumblr post by Beyonce that praised Obama as "ULTIMATE example of a strong African-American woman."

Obama, in turn, responded to the praise with a Tweet that read: "Thank you for the beautiful letter and for being a role model who kids everywhere can look up to.”

Now, Beyonce has made that letter even more public, posting a video reading of it that serves as a campaign ad for Michelle's husband, given the donation link at the end. Watch now:

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A D.C. police officer has been taken off a motorcycle escort for White House officials after he allegedly threatened to shoot First Lady Michelle Obama.

Not only that, the officer "then used his phone to retrieve a picture of the firearm he said he would use," according to a Washington Post report.

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating and the Secret Service has been told of the alleged Michelle Obama threat, the Post says.

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The alleged comment came Wednesday as officers from the Special Operations Division discussed threats against President Barack Obama.

It was not immediately clear where the alleged conversation took place or exactly how many officers were taking part in the conversation.

During that conversation,the officer allegedly said he would shoot the First Lady, then used his phone to show the firearm he said he would use.

It was not immediately clear what type of firearm was shown.

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While Rush Limbaugh mocks Barack Kardashian, the First Lady of the U.S. is staying out of the political fray and focusing on her new book about gardening.

Michelle Obama, who's been promoting her new book about the White House garden and healthy eating, appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman.

Here are her "Top Ten Fun Facts About Gardening" from Tuesday ...

  1. Gardening was invented in 1822 by Albert Gardener.
  2. Plant avocados, tomatoes, onions and cilantro together and grow a guacamole tree.
  3. Eggplants were originally cultivated for use as doorstops.
  4. In his lifetime, the average American will eat half a radish.
  5. The largest zucchini ever grown contained a Starbucks.
  6. Later this year the Supreme Court will finally rule on "tomato" vs. "tomahto."
  7. If you have an actual green thumb, it might be scurvy.
  8. Lettuce is 96 percent water and 4 percent lettuce.
  9. The White House tool shed contains shovels, trowels and Weed Whacker One.
  10. With enough care and effort you can grow your own Barack-oli.

Her campaign for home-grown diets and to fight obesity has already shown progress. Earlier this year, Michelle even got Jay Leno to eat vegetables. Not a small feat.

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Leave it to Michelle Obama to take the high road. Pun sort of intended.

While appearing on The Daily Show to promote her newest book, American Grown, the First Lady was asked about President Barack Obama's pot-smoking past.

Stewart likened Obama's youth to "the script of a Cheech and Chong movie." Not surprisingly, the Commander-in-Chief's better half had a classy response.

Michelle Obama and Jon Stewart

"He was like many young people," she said, adding that her husband changed his ways in college when "he realized he could do more with his life."

Stewart later tried to a comparison between President Obama and George W. Bush, whose past was also "out there," saying "he really related to that."

"I'm not taking any bait," Obama quickly replied, to Stewart's amusement.

The First Lady is classy and funny, ladies and gentlemen.

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Michelle Obama was with the single ladies during the weekend: her daughters.

The First Lady of the United States attended a Beyonce concert in Atlantic City, N.J., with Sasha and Malia by her side for the show at Revel Resorts.

Beyonce performed two dozen songs Saturday, reports said. Michelle and the two girls appeared excited throughout the concert, cheering Beyonce on.

Sasha and Malia even sang along to the old school-sounding jam "Love on Top."

Obama Girls

Michelle and Beyonce seem to be building quite the rapport of late: MTV says the two have been exchanging letters for the past few months.

Michelle Obama told People last week that if she could be any other person in the world, she'd be Beyoncé "because it looks like musicians have the most fun."

Obama's new book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, hits stores Tuesday.

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The controversial new biography of President Barack Obama claims that his wife, Michelle Obama, planned to leave the future president in 2000.

Is the divorce story real? Is anything in the book?

The unauthorized biography, which Klein claims is based on nearly 200 interviews, has been dismissed by presidential spokesperson Eric Schultz.

"Ed Klein has a proven history of reckless fabrication in order to sell books," he said. "Nobody in their right mind would believe the nonsense in this one."

Barack and Michelle Obama Pic

Nevertheless, the Obama divorce story is the latest revelation in the book - which also discusses his ex Genevieve Cook - to generate major buzz.

In The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, out this week, Klein claims the divorce nearly happened eight years into the Obamas' marriage.

After Obama failed to listen to his wife's warnings in challenging Bobby Rush for his U.S. House seat in 2000 and got creamed, their relationship cooled.

“During the dark days that followed his defeat, he turned to Michelle for comfort. But she was in no mood for sympathy," Klein reportedly writes.

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Mother's Day is a wonderful celebration honoring our moms and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society in general.

Here at THG, this means a little tribute to some of the celebrity moms we've come to know and love ... and also a bunch who could use some improvement.

On this 13th day of May, take a look at a 13 popular THG celeb moms (and 13 more who also have kids) in the poll below and vote for your favorite (and least favorite):

  • Blue Ivy Photo
  • Jessica Alba and Daughters
  • Obama Family Portrait 2011
  • Jennifer Garner and Daughter
  • Will, Jada and Family
  • Brangelina, Kids Pic
  • Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon

Who's your favorite celebrity mom?

 

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Michelle Obama Biography

Barack and Michelle Obama Michelle Obama is the First Lady of the United States, and the wife of the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama. She is the... More »
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Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama
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