The avatar of President Barack Obama has been in Second Life for several months, at least in the photorealistic form created by Italian Resident Mrsigmund Fride, but sadly for such a social world, he has had to make do at parties and other events without a First Lady on his arm. That identity lacuna has finally been resolved, because Mr. Fride has at last completed his Michelle Obama avatar, and now sells them at his store. [Direct SLurl teleport at this link] As one would expect, she is on default elegantly coiffed and smashingly dressed, and about as instantly recognizable as Mrs. Obama as the avatar version of her husband. (Creating avatars based on identifiable real world celebrities, as this series strongly suggests, is no easy task.) One significant shortcoming: the avatar's arms aren't as perfectly sculpted as the First Lady's most famously are. On the plus side, my style writer has already written a fashion guide for prospective SL versions of Mrs. Obama.
MrSigmund Fride has been selling astoundingly accurate avatars based on real world celebrities for some time. "I think that anyone can dress an avatar with a different spirit," he tells me. "I just create the avatar and people can create an imaginary." So far, his President Obama is by far his top seller, followed by one based on Chinese superstar Gong Li, and Italian President Silvio Berlusconi. Half-jokingly, I ask Mr. Fride if people buy his Berlusconi avatar to take to hot sex parties, in tribute to the real life counterpart, and he immediately answers Yes, indeed they do.