In contrast to her first official portrait, Mrs. Obama is seated, and wears three quarter-length sleeves, rather than her signature sleeveless look that spotlights her toned arms. Also new are Mrs. Obama's bangs, the subject of international media attention, which she has now chalked up to "a mid-life crisis."
"This is my mid-life crisis, the bangs," Mrs. Obama said today during an appearance via Skype on Rachael Ray Show.
"I couldn’t get a sports car. They won’t let me bungee jump. So instead, I cut my bangs."
Mrs. Obama debuted the bangs on her 49th birthday last month. Update: The First Lady's dress for the portrait is a custom silk and wool creation by designer Reed Krakoff, according to WWD. Mrs. Obama wore boots and a cardigan by Krakoff during the inaugural festivities.
CLICK HERE for President Obama's official portrait for the second term. Mrs. Obama's first-term portrait, taken in the Blue Room:
Top photo by Chuck Kennedy/White House; second by Joyce N. Boghosian/White House