Michelle Obama’s Portrait Is So Popular It Had To Be Moved

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Michelle Obama unveils her official portrait at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington. It has drawn such big crowds that the gallery has moved it to a more spacious location.

Former first lady Michelle Obama’s official portrait continues to live up to her reputation.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announced earlier this month that it had to move the painting because of its overwhelming popularity.

In a tweet, the Washington gallery said it was relocating her portrait, created by artist Amy Sherald, to the museum’s third floor in the 20th Century Americans exhibition. It was originally featured in the same exhibition on the gallery’s first floor.

This new space, the gallery said, provides “a more spacious viewing experience” for Obama’s stunning image.

Sherald, a Baltimore-based artist, portrayed Michelle Obama as “both confident and approachable,” while wearing a custom-made gown by the brand Milly, according to the National Portrait Gallery.

Obama is someone any “woman can relate to ― no matter what shape, size, race, or color,” the gallery quotes Sherald as saying. “We see our best selves in her.”

The Obamas’ portraits have drawn awestruck crowds to the Smithsonian’s Portrait Gallery ever since they were unveiled in February.

The museum received more than 176,700 visits last month, making it the gallery’s busiest month in three years, with nearly 45,000 visits last weekend (Thursday to Sunday) alone.