After an image of 2-year-old Parker Curry gazing in awe at Michelle Obama’s portrait in the National Gallery went viral, the former first lady invited Curry to meet with her – and held a Taylor Swiftdance party.
The former First Lady shared an adorable video as she danced with little Parker. “Parker, I’m so glad I had the chance to meet you today (and for the dance party)!,” Obama shared on Twitter. “Keep on dreaming big for yourself…and maybe one day I’ll proudly look up at a portrait of you!”
In the clip, Mrs. Obama and young Parker are seen getting their groove on to the strains of Taylor Swift’s 2014 smash, “Shake it Off.”
“Parker was in front of 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, said of the original viral image. “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 …,” Curry 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.”