Michelle Obama's Portrait For 2013 Includes Bangs (PHOTOS)

02/20/2013 01:38 pm ET | Updated Feb 21, 2013

First came the bangs, then the official portrait.

Michelle Obama's portrait, her official photo of President Obama's second term, was released by the White House on Wednesday. The photo, taken by Chuck Kennedy, shows FLOTUS in the Green Room of the White House leaning against a green chair, a lovely contrast to her dark two-toned dress. (UPDATE: The dress is by Reed Krakoff, a recent favorite of the first lady.)

The first lady is also sporting a strand of pearls, just like in her 2009 official portrait. The main difference this time around? The bangs, obviously. Michelle's voluminous blunt bangs, her self-proclaimed "mid-life crisis," have become her new style signature, replacing those iconic bare arms from four years ago.

Besides the hair and arms, however, not much has changed. Check out the Michelle Obama's portaits, new and old, below. What do you think of the photo?

2013:

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2009:

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How does FLOTUS' latest outfit compare?

49 Of Michelle Obama's Best Looks

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