Spanish magazine puts Michelle Obama’s head on a portrait of topless slave

Controversial: A Spanish magazine digitally altered a French portrait of a slave to include the First Lady's faceOut of context: The article reportedly praises Mrs Obama's popularity, but the painting, titled Portrait d'une négresse, was originally meant as a symbol of women's freedom after slavery was abolished in France in the late 18th century

A Spanish magazine landed themselves in the middle of a racial controversy over a Photoshopped picture of First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover of their latest issue.The picture places Mrs Obama’s face in a 1800 portrait of a slave with an exposed breast, and Magazine de Fuera de Serie likely knew the image was going to stir up controversy.

The editors may have had a different message in mind given the historical context of the particular painting, but that sentiment was overlooked by online viewers who found the composite offensive and racist.

It was viewed as a inspiring image because the country had abolished slavery six years prior, and the portrait was thought of as an uplifting symbol of both women’s and black people’s rights.