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Girl Who Marveled At Michelle Obama's Portrait In Viral Photo Adorably Recreated The Look For Halloween

FLOTUS dug the look, too.

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Remember Parker Curry, the little girl who admired Michelle Obama’s official portrait?

She eventually met Mrs. Obama for a dance party, and her admiration of our forever FLOTUS didn’t stop there.

When Parker’s mom, Jessica, asked her who she wanted to be for Halloween, she didn’t say her favorite cartoon character.

“Flat out. No hesitation. Half of a second later. 'I want to be Michelle Obama,' and I was like 'Whoa,'" Jessica told BuzzFeed News. "I thought she was going to be like, 'I want to be Elsa' or some other character like that."

Jessica had a week and a half to make it happen. Thankfully, Alisha Welsh, owner of Magnolia Lake Children's Clothing, had a standing offer to make a dress for Parker.

"I knew it was kind of last minute, but I was hoping that she would still do it, and she still did it for us," the mom said. "I don’t know how she did it. But she did it, and she’s amazing, and we love her for it."

The dress was waiting for Parker when she got home from school on Wednesday. The 3-year-old was elated.

"She walked in, and she saw the dress, and she was like, ‘Oh my gosh,’” Jessica said. “And I was like, ‘Do you like it?’ And she was like, ‘It’s perfect!’ Literally, those were her words: ‘It’s perfect!’"

Mrs. Obama was also fond of the costume.

It’s clear Obama has had a profound effect on the toddler.

"Parker talks about Michelle Obama every day," Jessica said. "She lets people know every day that she is the one who met Michelle Obama, and she is friends with Michelle Obama."

Amy Sherald, who painted the portrait, also has a mini-me.

Mom Alison Waddy posted a picture of her daughter, Raegan, dressed in a Sherald costume.



The artist saw the picture and reposted it on her account.

"My heart just exploded, and I’m dead," she wrote. 


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