This is why Michelle Obama will always be the First Lady. When she finally met the 2-year-old who was transfixed by her National Gallery portrait, the two had an adorable dance party!
If seeing former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, 54, dancing with a two-year-old to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” doesn’t brighten your day, you might be dead. Michelle finally met Parker Curry, the adorable toddler who was mesmerized by the ex-FLOTUS’s official portrait on display at the National Portrait Gallery. After a photo of Parker looking at Michelle’s portrait went viral, President Barack Obama’s better half got a chance to meet Parker. It seems they hit it off, as Michelle uploaded a video of them dancing together!
“Parker, I’m so glad I had the chance to meet you today (and for the dance party!)” she posted on March 6. “Keep on dreaming big for yourself…and maybe one day I’ll proudly look up at a portrait of you!” Really, if anyone needs a quick pick-me-up, seeing Michelle and Parker having fun together is pure happiness.
This amazing moment started when Parker’s family visited the gallery last week. The 2-year-old wouldn’t budge after seeing Michelle’s portrait by artist Amy Sherald. “”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 mom, Jessica Curry, a small business owner from Washington DC, told CNN. “She was uncooperative with me because she was just so focused on the portrait and studying it, and she was just so fascinated.”
“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,” Jessica added. “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.”
Parker went viral after Ben Hines of North Carolina took a picture of the little girl standing in front of the photo. He and his mother “made a pilgrimage today and we were delighted to wait in line behind this fellow art lover & hopeful patriot,” he wrote on Facebook.
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
The little girl’s reaction to Amy’s artwork touched her heart, per People. Feeling all the feels. 😭 “When I look at this picture I think back to my first field trip in elementary school to a museum,” she wrote on Instagram. “Here 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. … I knew I wanted to be an artist already, but seeing that painting made me realize that I could. What dreams may come? #representationmatters”