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Michelle Obama Met (And Danced) With The Little Girl Who Was Mesmerized By Her Portrait

"Keep on dreaming big for yourself," the former first lady said, "and maybe one day I'll proudly look up at a portrait of you!"

Last updated on March 6, 2018, at 2:59 p.m. ET

Posted on March 6, 2018, at 2:59 p.m. ET

If you were on the internet in the last few days, chances are you saw this beautiful photograph of a little girl staring up in wonder at the official portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama.

The photograph was taken by Ben Hines during a visit to the National Portrait Gallery with his mom on Thursday."It was so touching and uplifting for me to see this beautiful child looking at a beautiful portrait of a powerful woman," Hines told BuzzFeed News. "I was so delighted to have been in the right place at the right time."
Ben Hines

The photograph was taken by Ben Hines during a visit to the National Portrait Gallery with his mom on Thursday.

"It was so touching and uplifting for me to see this beautiful child looking at a beautiful portrait of a powerful woman," Hines told BuzzFeed News. "I was so delighted to have been in the right place at the right time."

BuzzFeed News soon discovered the little girl was 2-year-old Parker Curry.

Parker, who turns 3 this month, was visiting the museum with her mom and younger sister when she became captivated by the official portrait of the former first lady.
Jessica Curry

Parker, who turns 3 this month, was visiting the museum with her mom and younger sister when she became captivated by the official portrait of the former first lady.

"As a little person looking at a portrait that large, I can imagine it's fascinating," mom Jessica Curry told BuzzFeed News. "She had a little moment."

Jessica 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," Jessica said.

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After the story went viral, Parker and Jessica appeared on BuzzFeed News' AM to DM on Monday. "I want to see her," Parker said. Asked what she would tell Obama, Parker replied: "She's a queen."

This little girl thinks Michelle Obama is a queen 😭

Well, on Tuesday, Parker's wish came true. The former first lady shared this footage of her dancing with the toddler as mom Jessica and sister Ava sat in the background.

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! https://t.co/faUVTsYWun

"Parker, I'm so glad I had the chance to meet you today (and for the dance party)!" Obama wrote. "Keep on dreaming big for yourself...and maybe one day I'll proudly look up at a portrait of you!"

Instagram: @michelleobama

A spokesperson for the former first lady told BuzzFeed News:

Mrs. Obama learned about the photo at the same time as the rest of America. Lots of people shared it with her – she was moved and touched like so many people were – and wanted to meet with Parker. The meeting took place this morning, and I think from the photos you can get a sense of the interaction. Lots of chatting on the couch, they walked around the office, and of course danced!

Parker for president!

Jessica Curry
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