Michelle Obama on Tuesday met with 2-year-old Parker Curry who was photographed staring up in awe at the former first lady’s new official portrait and told her “maybe one day I’ll proudly look up at a portrait of you!”
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
A photograph of Parker Curry in front of the portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., went viral on social media last week.
Everyone, meet 2-year-old Parker Curry. “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,” her mom Jessica told me https://t.co/0gBu6FaHFF pic.twitter.com/FSr6Y8cTXc
— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 2, 2018
“Parker was in front on the portrait, and I really wanted her to turn around so I could get a picture with her, and she genuinely, honestly would not turn around,” her mother, Jessica Curry, told CNN.
“In further discussion with [Parker] yesterday and today, I realized that she believes Michelle Obama is a queen, and she wants to be a queen as well,” Curry said.
“As a female and as a girl of color, It’s really important that I show her people who look like her that are doing amazing things and are making history so that she knows she can do it.”
The Hill added:
The former first lady’s portrait was unveiled at the gallery along with former President Obama’s last month.
Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald was chosen to paint the first lady’s portrait.
Michelle Obama said she was “was a little overwhelmed, to say the least,” after the painting debuted.