A New York Times photographer said Ann Romney is “not very exciting,” while noting that First Lady Michelle Obama has “pizzazz and style.”
“I’m saying this as a foreigner: when I look at Ann Romney, I see someone who [is] a very traditional American, well-to-do, well-dressed woman,” New York Times photographer James Hill told Buzzfeed. “Everything’s in the right place. It’s all very neat tidy, but it’s maybe not very exciting.”
The comments were featured in a story titled, “Ann Romney’s Photo Problem,” documenting how mainstream media photographers have not photographed Romney as well as they have Obama.
“Ann is more likely to be awkwardly cropped, hidden by a shadow, or photographed at an awkward angle, writer Amy Odell observed.
Buzzfeed noted that Romney “hasn’t created the same intrigue as Michelle Obama.”
“She wears Oscar de la Renta, like many first ladies before her (a label Michelle has never worn),” Buzzfeed reported. “She has a horse that competes in the sport of dressage, the point and rules of which remain murky to most Americans.”
“She just doesn’t have the same cool factor has Michelle,” Buzzfeed explained.
Hill, who is British, heaped praise on the First Lady.
“When you see Michelle Obama, you’re seeing somebody who’s different, he told Buzzfeed. “Who’s more brick-breaker, who’s tall and sort of has pizzazz and style, and is very self-confident as well. You see that.”
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus told the online publication, “I think there’s a lot of great photos of her. She’s a pretty lady.”