Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama celebrates success of ‘Black Panther’ How textbooks shape teachers – not just their students Michelle Obama dedicates Valentine’s Day playlist to Barack Obama MORE on Tuesday met the two-year-old girl who was photographed looking in awe at Obama’s new portrait in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
“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!” the former first lady tweeted.
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 staring at the portrait went viral 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 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.