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Street artist Dreph honours Michelle Obama with epic mural

WORK OF ART: Michelle Obama mural by Dreph

AS THE publication date of Michelle Obama’s autobiography Becoming approaches (Nov 13), acclaimed street artist, Dreph, has created a 30 ft mural portrait of her in the heart of Brixton in south London.

On completing the mural, Dreph posted a picture on Instagram along with some personal thoughts about our favourite former First Lady.

“I recently teamed up with @penguinukbooks, to mark the forthcoming release of Michelle Obama’s autobiography, Becoming. Michelle Obama is undoubtedly an inspiration to many as she continues to use her voice to speak on pressing societal issues that are close to her heart, particularly issues that affect young people within our global community. She encourages us to realise our own potential through the numerous initiatives that she leads such a s quality education for girls and health living.

"I feel that it's important for us all to have visible, relatable and progressive people to model ourselves on and to see ourselves reflected in. Michelle Obama is always open in giving us an insight into what it looks like to push through and forge our own paths.

"With my recent ‘You Are Enough’ series I painted 10 portraits around London in celebration of black women who are doing extraordinary things. For me Michelle Obama is the ultimate embodiment of ‘You Are Enough.’”

Members of the public are invited to engage with the Dreph’s artwork on social media, using the hashtag #iambecoming and @penguinukbooks Instagram is offering a prize of a signed copy of Becoming to the best post which completes the sentence, ‘Michelle Obama inspires me to…’

Becoming by Michelle Obama is published by Viking on November 13.

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