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Heard what they said about you, Mrs O?

Is it dreadfully hot in India? Doesn't she have a stylist on this trip? Her hair looks like she hasn't bothered combing it and her makeup and eyebrows are also a bit off …" says CJ in London. "She needs a tailor and a stylist. Everyone in the whole world knows this," says SKG in Arizona.

entertainment Updated: Nov 14, 2010 00:48 IST
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Is it dreadfully hot in India? Doesn't she have a stylist on this trip? Her hair looks like she hasn't bothered combing it and her makeup and eyebrows are also a bit off …" says CJ in London. "She needs a tailor and a stylist. Everyone in the whole world knows this," says SKG in Arizona.

This isn't just another celebrity being dissed in conversation; these are the comments that Michelle Obama's outfits during her trip to India, are drawing on the World Wide Web. While the Indian media thought that the first lady's outfits were elegant and understated, people on the other end of the globe had a different take on her choices.

From being called "frumpy" to "old and unflattering" to "sporting the worst look ever", the bashing by bloggers began right from the day she landed in Mumbai wearing a blue-grey outfit. Comments like "It's a colour for someone who's 70," or "the emperor's wife has dreadful taste" have flooded mrs-o.org, a blog that follows Michelle Obama's fashion sense. Readers on washingtonpost.com, dailymail.co.uk and even on huffingtonpost.com are not mincing their words.

So what's the real reason the first lady is being fashion bashed? How can someone who's been on best-dressed lists for three years in a row, suddenly be criticised for every piece of clothing or accessory she owns/wears?

The answer may lie in the recently held mid-term polls in the US. When a country is unhappy with the presidency, one of the first things that is often targeted is their lifestyle. Something that Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy are acutely aware of.