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Michelle Obama’s Second Official Portrait, Bangs Edition

Michelle Obama.

The White House has posted Michelle Obama's second official portrait, complete with those "midlife crisis" bangs that'll make it wonderfully easy for historians to identify whether a photo was taken during the first or second term. Shot by Chuck Kennedy on February 12, the FLOTUS wears pearls and a cool asymmetrical dress with fitted three-quarter sleeves. (To compare: She wore a different set of pearls in her first official portrait, as well as a black sleeveless Michael Kors dress.) Here's our purely superficial breakdown of the picture:

Her necklace: It's not quite centered with her neckline, which makes the pose seem more relaxed.

Her hair: It's very glossy and bodified, but that center part makes her head look a tad butt-like. It's cool, though. We like butts.

Her nails: The polish is a nice neutral color, and the pearlescent finish sort of matches her necklace, which seems thoughtful.

Her makeup: She just doesn't need that much. Her lipstick is pretty, but those eyebrows — yikes.

Maquillage aside, she does look radiant, and strikes a good balance between modern and traditional. Consider this an appetizer for her impending Vogue cover, which will hopefully allow her to loosen up a bit.

Update: A rep for Reed Krakoff confirms that Michelle is wearing a navy silk and wool crepe dress of their design.

Photo: Chuck Kennedy/The White House

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