Michelle Obama meets Parker, the 2-year-old captivated by her portrait
The world met Parker Curry when the 2-year-old couldn’t take her eyes off the official portrait of Michelle Obama.
On Tuesday, Parker met the former First Lady.
And they danced.
Parker, I’m so glad I had the chance to meet you today (and for the dance party)! Keep on dreaming big for yourself…and maybe one day I’ll proudly look up at a portrait of you! pic.twitter.com/faUVTsYWun
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) March 6, 2018
“Parker, I’m so glad I had the chance to meet you today,” Obama wrote on Twitter. “Keep on dreaming big for yourself … and maybe one day I’ll proudly look up at a portrait of you!”
The black girl magical photo of Parker went viral last week when she stood in awe before Obama’s image at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Mom Jessica Curry was trying to capture a picture of Parker in front of Obama-selected Amy Sherald’s historic work, but the toddler couldn’t take her eyes off the painting, too entranced to close her mouth.
“She was just so fixated on the portrait and wouldn’t turn away from it,” Curry said in the Washington Post.
Ben Hines, another museum visitor from North Carolina, snapped the picture that melted hearts across the social channels. Obama even stamped the image with a triple-heart-eye-emoji approval before meeting the Curry family.
Obama’s staff reached out to Curry to set up Tuesday’s 45-minute visit, according to The Post.
Parker fell in love with “queen” Obama after watching her dance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and echoed her sentiments about the first black First Lady during the visit.
“She’s a queen,” Parker said.
Curry, who has been overwhelmed by the public’s reaction, said Obama was everything she expected.
“She was so unbelievably generous with her time,” Curry told The Post. “She’s everything I thought she would be and more — classy, elegant, do down to earth.”
That Obama’s portrait has made such a positive impact since its Feb. 12 unveiling is powerful.
Sherald, along with Kehinde Wiley, who painted Barack Obama’s official portrait, became the first black artists to create presidential portraits for the Smithsonian.
Michelle Obama hopes her image inspires young girls of color who see “someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of a great American institution.”
We can think of one little black girl who has already been moved.