Artist paints Michelle Obama, other women as battered in campaign against domestic violence

An artist painted Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama sold record-breaking 1.7 million copies of memoir in first week Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Obama jokes that he's 'scared' of Michelle, Sasha MORE and other women in politics as battered women as part of a campaign to speak out against domestic violence. 

Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo depicted Obama and several political women with bruises and scars on their faces for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, accompanied by the text “Just because I’m a woman.” 

Other women included in the series were German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntercept DC bureau chief says Biden picks are 'same people' from Obama years The Hill's 12:30 Report - Third vaccine candidate with 90% efficacy Biden won — so why did Trump's popularity hit its highest point ever? MORE, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far New Consensus co-founder discusses proposal for Biden to use Fed to sidestep Congress MORE (D-N.Y.), French first lady Brigitte Macron, head of India’s main opposition party Sonia Gandhi and leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi.

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The posters hung up in Milan also feature captions below the photos that say, “I am a victim of domestic abuse. I am paid less. I've experienced genital mutilation. I do not have the right to dress as I want. I can't decide who I'm going to marry. I was raped."

The artwork also says violence against women affects all people “regardless of race, class or religion.”

Palombo said he wants a "real response from institutions” on violence against women, according to BBC. His goal is “to illustrate the drama that affects millions of women throughout the world ... with the aim of denouncing, raising awareness and obtaining a real response from institutions and politics."

The artist released a similar campaign in 2015 featuring celebrities, like Kristen Stewart and Angelina Jolie, with bruises and scars. He has also run campaigns like Disabled Disney Princesses and The Simpsons Go to Auschwitz.