Former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle have unveiled their official portraits at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Obama and his wife, Michelle selected a Nigerian, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, for the paintings.
The paintings will be among the gallery’s collection of presidential portraits.
Speaking on the development, Obama said: “I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman that I love,” Obama said referring to the portrait of his wife.
“I tried to negotiate less gray hair and Kehinde’s artistic integrity would not allow him to do what I asked. I tried to negotiate smaller ears – struck out on that as well”, the former US President added.
Mrs. Obama, on the other hand, said she hoped the portrait would have an impact on young girls of colour in the years to come.
“They will look up and they will see an image of someone who looks like them, hanging on the wall of this great American institution. I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives because I was one of those girls.”
Meanwhile, Wiley and Sherald were the first black artists ever commissioned to paint a president or first lady for the Smithsonian.