Michelle Obama's official portrait for her husband's second term has been revealed.

The picture, taken by White House photographer Chuck Kennedy, is a more relaxed shot of the First Lady compared with her 2009 portrait.

The shifting emphasis in the portrait echoes the evolution of Michelle Obama's image in the presidential campaign, from successful lawyer to loving mother, wife and daughter.

2013:

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2009:

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The trademark pearls are still there, but have been reduced to a single looser strand, and the black dress softened to a deep purple two-toned dress.

Kennedy has snapped Mrs Obama in a more natural sitting pose, compared with the powerful standing posture of 2009.

This time, her engagement ring is given a starring role in the composition of the shot. The watch has gone too, along with the business-like image.

Her new haircut illustrates a shift in style she described as her "midlife crisis" during an interview with talk show host, Rachael Ray.

The new picture much better reflects her profile on the White House website: "When people ask First Lady Michelle Obama to describe herself, she doesn't hesitate to say that first and foremost, she is Malia and Sasha's mom."

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  • October 19, 2011 in Virginia wearing Marc by Marc Jacobs

  • December 14, 2011 in North Carolina wearing Rachel Roy

  • December 14, 2011 returning from North Carolina wearing Rachel Roy with an Alaia bag

  • May 1, 2012 in Las Vegas

  • May 5, 2012 in Virginia wearing an Erickson Beamon pin

  • May 5, 2012 in Virginia wearing an Erickson Beamon pin

  • June 7, 2012 in Virginia wearing an Ann Taylor shirt and a necklace by Pearl Collective

  • June 7, 2012 in Virginia wearing an Ann Taylor shirt and a necklace by Pearl Collective

  • June 15, 2012 in Chicago wearing a Boy. by Band of Outsiders skirt

  • July 10, 2012 in Florida wearing Chris Benz and a vintage House of Lavande belt

  • August 13, 2012 on "The Tonight Show" wearing Bibhu Mohapatra

  • August 15, 2012 in Iowa wearing ASOS

  • August 22, 2012 in Florida

  • August 29, 2012 on "The Late Show With David Letterman"

  • September 3, 2012 at the DNC in North Carolina wearing Diane von Furstenberg

  • September 4, 2012 at the DNC in North Carolina wearing Tracy Reese and J. Crew pumps

  • September 5, 2012 at the DNC in North Carolina wearing Thom Browne

  • September 6, 2012 at the DNC in North Carolina wearing Laura Smalls and an Alexis Bittar pin

  • September 7, 2012 at the DNC in North Carolina wearing an Ann Taylor dress and an Alexis Bittar pin

  • September 7, 2012 in New Hampshire wearing Narciso Rodriguez

  • September 7, 2012 in New Hampshire wearing Narciso Rodriguez

  • September 9, 2012 in North Carolina

  • September 24, 2012 on "The View" wearing a long Azaara necklace

  • September 27, 2012 on the "Steve Harvey Show"

  • September 28, 2012 in Iowa wearing a Miriam Haskell necklace

  • October 3, 2012 at the first presidential debate wearing Preen

  • October 9, 2012 in Virginia

  • October 15, 2012 in Ohio wearing L'Wren Scott and a Miriam Haskell necklace

  • October 16, 2012 in North Carolina wearing Miss Wu

  • October 17, 2012 on "LIVE! With Michael & Kelly" wearing Prabal Gurung

  • October 17, 2012 at the second presidential debate wearing Michael Kors

  • October 19, 2012 in Wisconsin wearing BCBG Max Azria

  • October 22, 2012 in Florida wearing an Erickson Beamon pin

  • October 23, 2012 at the third presidential debate wearing Thom Browne

  • October 25, 2012 on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" wearing Jason Wu

  • October 26, 2012 in Nevada wearing Rachel Roy

  • November 1, 2012 in Florida

  • November 5, 2012 in Iowa

  • November 6, 2012 on Election Night wearing Michael Kors and a House of Lavande vintage brooch

  • November 6, 2012 on Election Night wearing Michael Kors and a House of Lavande vintage brooch

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