FACT CHECK: Doctored Photo Disparages Michelle Obama’s Appearance

FACT CHECK: Doctored Photo Disparages Michelle Obama’s Appearance


A viral Facebook post shared over 2,500 times claims to show a photograph of former First Lady Michelle Obama with more masculine features.

Verdict: False

The image is a doctored version of a photo that Barack Obama shared on Twitter in January 2019.

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Fact Check:

Since her husband became president in 2008, Michelle Obama has been the subject of baseless claims that she is secretly transgender, according to the International Business Times. Multiple Facebook users recently shared an old photo of the Obamas in an attempt to suggest the same thing.

“No words needed. A photo says a million things,” reads one such post. “More proof of Michelle being Michael.” (RELATED: Were Barack And Michelle Obama Pictured Posing With Pro-Trump T-Shirts?)

The photo has been digitally manipulated. Barack Obama shared the original picture on his Twitter account in January 2019 with a caption that says, “I knew it way back then and I’m absolutely convinced of it today – you’re one of a kind, @MichelleObama. Happy Birthday!” Several news outlets, including The Hill, Daily Mail and Oprah Magazine, have featured the original photo in pieces about the couple.

I knew it way back then and

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