Barack and Michelle Obama’s official portraits were introduced to us all just a few weeks ago, and they naturally caused the internet to freak out. But perhaps the purest reaction of them all is the one captured in this photo of an awestruck young black girl staring at the former First Lady’s portrait as it hangs in Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
The photo in question was originally taken by a Facebook user named Ben Hines, who went on the social site on March 1st to share the powerful image alongside a caption that read, “Donna Hines and I made a pilgrimage today and we were delighted to wait in line behind this fellow art lover and hopeful patriot.” I guess this is what they mean when they say that a picture is worth a thousand words.
According to CNN, the little girl in the picture is two-year-old Parker Curry. Parker’s mother, Jessica Curry, told the outlet that she originally made several attempts to get Parker to turn around and pose for a photo in front of Michelle Obama’s portrait but the young girl was so amazed by what was in front of her that she tuned out her requests.
Since being posted, the original Facebook photo has now racked up 24,000 reactions and has been shared over 34,000 times.
The photo of Parker honestly couldn’t have come at a better time, since Michelle Obama was just talking about the effect she hopes the photo has on young girls.
Michelle Obama’s stunning portrait was painted by Baltimore artist Amy Sherald.