History was made today at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery with the unveiling of the official portraits for POTUS Barack and FLOTUS Michelle. As the first black artists to paint the first black US President and First Lady,  artists Amy Sherald and Kehinde [ke-HEN-day] Wiley—like their subjects —are the epitome of power, grace and cool.

 

 

 

 

 

BARACK: The flowers: chrysanthemums (official flower of Chicago), jasmine evoking his native Hawaii and African blue lilies in memory of his late father

Kehinde Wiley

 

MICHELLE ~ The dress: Designed by MILLY

Amy Sherald