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Michelle Obama Had A Dance Party With The Little Girl Who Loved Her Portrait And It’s Making People Cry

Two-year-old Parker Curry became Internet famous last week after a photograph of her standing entranced, mouth agape, in front of the recently unveiled Michelle Obama portrait went viral. The photo— taken at the National Portrait Gallery by a man named Ben Hines— accumulated more than 35,000 shares and 25,000 reactions on Facebook, and has led to emotional conversations about intersectionality and representation in modern art.

About a week later, the little girl had the opportunity to meet the object of her uninhibited awe. On Tuesday, former FLOTUS Michelle Obama posted a video to her Twitter of the two getting their groove on to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”

“Keep on dreaming big for yourself…and maybe one day I’ll proudly look up at a portrait of you!”

Naturally, people on Twitter couldn’t contain their love for Michelle Obama:

 

Amy Sherald, the artist who painted the portrait of Michelle Obama had this to say about the photograph of little Parker Curry:

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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”

Clearly, Sherald’s painting and its home in the National Portrait Gallery means a lot to young black girls. Its mere existence serves as a beacon of hope and empowerment, its prominence a message to young black girls that they can grow up to be empowered black women with the capacity to change the world. What better way to celebrate that than with a Michelle Obama dance party?