Merkel’s best ‘looks’ have been collected and exhibited through the Instagram account merkellooks, and range from black-and-white shots of a teenage Merkel to her peering into a microscope.
The account has shown images of Merkel since February 3rd 2017 and boasts a collection of almost 400 photos and over 12,000 followers.
It was created by Alana Johnson, an American artist and librarian based in Los Angeles, in an attempt to show a more human side to an otherwise serious public figure.
The artist had already created a similar account for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate in the US 2016 presidential election, called hillarylooks.
She developed the account in June 2016 during Clinton's presidential campaign, which she had hoped to work for but could not due to illness.
Johnson says that recent political developments in the USA pushed her to create the account.
“I needed a distraction! Anything to get my mind off of Trump and his administration full of moronic bigots for a moment. It helps me stay sane,” she told The Local via email.
But why does Merkel require humanizing?
“I've come to think of the term 'humanizing' as a bit strange, but there are people who seriously think politicians are secretly lizards, so whatever.”
“Merkel seems to be taken for granted a bit, and as an American I'm in awe that she's managed to hold on to power as long as she has. I'm jealous of countries that manage to elect female leaders!”
Johnson notes that her research skills as a librarian have allowed her to track down the best shots, which she found “all over the place. I spend a lot of time looking for them”.