In case you thought the story of the little girl who was enthralled with Michelle Obama’s portrait at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., couldn’t get any more heartwarming — well, get your happy tears ready again. Less than a week after the photo of 2-year-old Parker Curry admiring the portrait of the former first lady was posted online, Obama met Curry. And it’s just proof of the lasting impact that Obama is going to have on generations of girls, especially girls of color, for years to come.
On March 6th, Obama posted a photo and video of herself meeting the toddler who couldn’t stop staring at her painting. Obama’s portrait was painted by Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, and was just unveiled alongside President Barack Obama’s portrait on February 12th.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Parker’s mom, Jessica, said she took her two young daughters to the gallery on March 1st to the see the Obamas’ portraits. After the man standing behind Jessica and her daughters, Ben Hines, shared the photo of Parker on Facebook, she became a viral sensation.
With more than 35,000 shares and counting, it’s no wonder that Obama reached out to meet Parker — and thankfully, she documented it for all of us to see.
In her Instagram post, Obama wrote:
If you didn’t scroll through her Instagram post to see Obama and Parker dancing to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” the former first lady shared that video on her Twitter as well.
During the unveiling of her portrait, Obama spoke about how she hoped her portrait would inspire girls who look like her.
And nothing encapsulates her message as much as the photo of young Parker awestruck by Michelle Obama’s portrait.
In a video for BuzzFeed, Parker said she wanted to see Obama and that she was a queen. And spoiler alert: it was ridiculously adorable.
It’s a testament to the type of person Obama is that she went out of her way to meet Parker after the little girl requested it. It proves that she’s not just an important historical figure with a portrait hanging on a wall, but she’s a real person who wants to interact — and sing and dance — on a human level.
Parker’s mom told BuzzFeed, “In the world we live in today, I’m just trying to raise a little girl who has opportunities to see women who look like her doing great things.”