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Int’l Women’s Day: You Need to See this Video of Michelle Obama Dancing with a Toddler

“I’m also thinking about all of the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up, and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American institution,” An excerpt from Obama’s speech during the unveiling of the Amy Sherald painting in February.

Portrait of Michelle Obama and Parker Curry Photo Source: Ben Hines

Michelle Obama’s best wish for her portrait is already being fulfilled. Her portrait is making a great impact on the younger generation and this dance video of herself dancing with a toddler is proof of that.

Last week, a photo of a two-year-old girl staring at Michelle Obama’s portrait went viral. The photo was originally captured and posted by gallery visitor, Ben Hines; and it shows the girl, Parker Curry, fixed on the former First Lady’s painting despite her mother’s pleas for her to turn around for a photo.

Speaking to Washinton Post, Parker’s mum, Jessica Curry, said, she was so fixated on her daughter’s obsession with the portrait that she didn’t see Ben take a cellphone photo of the moment. The next morning her phone almost blew up with social media messages and notifications after the photo was posted on Facebook. It was shared until Michelle Obama saw it and reacted with a heart-eyes emoji. She did not stop there; she met the girl in person, giving her a memory that’ll last a lifetime. And just like that Parker went from being a kid who wouldn’t turn around for a photo to, well, the kid who met the former FLOTUS.

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Henry I. Ugwu

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Henry I. Ugwu is a writer, opinion journalist, media scholar, social media strategist and crisis management expert.

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