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Little Girl Who Was Enthralled by Michelle Obama's Portrait Dressed Up as Her for Halloween, and Michelle Just Responded
A little girl who captured hearts with her reaction to former First Lady Michelle Obama's official portrait in the National Portrait Gallery is doing it again. This time with her Halloween costume.
A Facebook photo of then 2-year-old Parker Curry went viral back in March. The photographer—Ben Hines—did not know Curry, but found her enraptured expression over the portrait of the former First Lady worth capturing.
Parker's look of awe and wonder at the larger than life portrait spoke to many people.
Here is that original photo.
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Eventually Parker Curry's family identified her and she got a chance to meet the former FLOTUS in person.
Parker, I'm so glad I had the chance to meet you today (and for the dance party)! Keep on dreaming big for yoursel… https://t.co/KtJxmzfGDI— Michelle Obama (@Michelle Obama) 1520357146.0
Amy Sherald—the artist behind the portrait—shared the Curry family's photo of the same moment, taken from a different angle, on Instagram.
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Feeling all the feels. 😭 When I look at this picture I think back to my first field trip in elementary school to a museum. I had only seen paintings in encyclopedias up to that point in my life. There was a show up of work by painter @thebobartlett whose work still inspires me to this day. There was a painting of a black man standing in front of a house. I don't remember a lot about my childhood, but I do have a few emotional memories etched into my mind forever and seeing that painting of a man that looked like he could be my father stopped me dead in my tracks. This was my first time seeing real paintings that weren't in a book and also weren't painted in another century. I didn't realize that none of them had me in them until I saw that painting of Bo's. I knew I wanted to be an artist already, but seeing that painting made me realize that I could. What dreams may come? #representationmatters
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According to Jessica Curry, Parker's mother, the now 3-year-old little girl is still obsessed with her idol.
So who better for Parker to be for Halloween than the First Lady? And what better costume than one inspired by the dress in the portrait that so fascinated her?
A Twitter account run by Jessica Curry debuted Parker's First Lady look on Halloween night.
Happy #Halloween! Can you guess who I am? https://t.co/LZA95MT9rl— Parker Curry (@Parker Curry) 1541043427.0
remember Parker Curry, the toddler who was obsessed with @MichelleObama’s portrait? Her mom, Jessica, just sent m… https://t.co/BH08doq6pE— David Mack (@David Mack) 1541038346.0
Here’s the side-by-side ❤️❤️ https://t.co/TqnWAtjqK4— David Mack (@David Mack) 1541038440.0
People loved Parker's Michelle Obama costume, but one very important fan made it even more special.
Michelle Obama weighed in herself the next morning to let Parker know she looked great.
You nailed the look, Parker! I love it!!!! ❤️ https://t.co/40CArze8gT— Michelle Obama (@Michelle Obama) 1541081658.0
Others concurred with Obama's assessment and with Parker's admiration for the former First Lady.
@MichelleObama Co-signed. Very cool, @_parkercurry.🙌 #KickAssGirls https://t.co/jYcQjjecFi— Chris Lutolf (@Chris Lutolf) 1541081863.0
@MichelleObama Thank you for giving our girls a role model that looks like us!! This made me fill up with happy tears.— Karen Peters 🍰 (@Karen Peters 🍰) 1541082201.0
@MichelleObama It's a beautiful thing when you inspire young girls to want to look refined and classy. Thank you Ma… https://t.co/PjDW2qRsKa— Caislaw (@Caislaw) 1541082362.0
@MichelleObama https://t.co/AW2FV4n3gp— Nick Vucic (@Nick Vucic) 1541081760.0
@WayAheadUK @MichelleObama What you say is true. What a difference Michelle is still making in the lives of childre… https://t.co/QNnKENhLgk— Bodak Red 🌺🌼🌺 (@Bodak Red 🌺🌼🌺) 1541086711.0
@davidmackau @chrisgeidner @MichelleObama This makes this dark world a lot brighter— Roland Scahill (@Roland Scahill) 1541038553.0
@Holyterror44 @rolandscahill @davidmackau @chrisgeidner @MichelleObama Mine too! Full on verklempt waterworks.— Erika Belle (@Erika Belle) 1541039989.0
@subject_eye @rolandscahill @davidmackau @chrisgeidner @MichelleObama I kept the original picture, thinking about h… https://t.co/WuY0xu8RoM— Holyterror (@Holyterror) 1541040223.0
@davidmackau @chrisgeidner @MichelleObama The cute is too much there!!! https://t.co/GgSflVl0tQ— ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ) 1541038639.0
@davidmackau @prpeep @MichelleObama This is my America. Little girls having role models that look like them & inspi… https://t.co/WC4BICjzj4— #SophieSchollsGhost (@#SophieSchollsGhost) 1541044927.0
@davidmackau @theferocity @MichelleObama Absolutely adorable! What an important moment. Represent folks. It matters. https://t.co/zaPTJoNhKr— AJ (@AJ) 1541041612.0
Keep reaching for your dreams Parker. Maybe someday your portrait will grace the halls of the National Portrait Gallery too.