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COUPLED UP: Michelle and Barack Obama (Photo credit: Reuters)

BARACK AND MICHELLE Obama attended the unveiling of their official portraits at Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

The former US President Obama said his portrait was "pretty sharp" and was created by artist Kehinde Wiley, who is known for his Old Master-style depiction of African-Americans.

UNVEILED: Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama (Photo credit: Getty Images)

"Nobody in my family tree as far as I can tell had their portrait done," said Mr Obama. He also praised Sherald's painting for capturing the "hotness" of his wife.

Michelle was equally pleased with her portrait, painted by Amy Sherald, another black artist, whose work addresses social justice.

BEHIND THE PORTRAIT: Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald (Photo credit: Getty Images

"I'm thinking of all the girls of colour who will come and see someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American Institution," said the former US first lady.

"And I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives," she continued, "because I was one of those girls."

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks were among guests at the unveiling.

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