The controversial topless bust of Barack Obama's wife Michelle Obama was unveiled to the public in New York yesterday.

The bust - the work of artist Daniel Edwards - is a topless figure of the U.S. candidate's wife with a Nefertiti-style hair do and the star spangled banner across her chest.

On his website, Edwards describes the artwork as, “an accessorized mannequin bust of Obama that foregoes the conventional pearl necklace, and provides for her a 'signature look' to take to Washington.

“The goal is to create a look for Michelle Obama that eliminates excessive comparisons to Jackie Kennedy.”