A new year, a new 'do — and a new official portrait.
Michelle Obama's new official White House portrait was unveiled Wednesday, replete with the bangs she has called her own take on a "mid-life crisis."
In the more intimate new photo by Chuck Kennedy, the first lady is seated in a relaxed pose against a green upholstered chair and a green wall.
Compare the new shot with the official portrait taken in 2009, and the new one is much softer. Her hair is a softer black, she is lit by softer light and her famously toned arms are contained in a long-sleeved seamed black top.
The 2009 photo, taken by Joyce Boghosian, showed the first lady standing somewhat stiffly at a table. In it, she was wearing a two-strand pearl necklace and a watch.
This time around, she is wearing a single strand of pearls, and her engagement and wedding rings are visible.
Below are the new portrait and the 2009 one:
Official White House Portrait by Chuck Kennedy
Official White House Portrait by Joyce N. Boghosian