Parker Curry, a little girl whose photo went viral after a snapshot of her looking in fascination at a blown-up frame of Michelle Obama during her visit to Washington DC’s National Portrait Gallery was shared in 2018l. Now she and her mother have written a book called Parker Looks Up, turning her Michelle Obama moment into something that could inspire other young children.
Parker Curry was just three years old when she visited the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. with her mom, Jessica Curry, in March 2018. While there might be some kids who get pretty bored at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, little Parker Curry was not one of them. When she came upon Michelle Obama’s official portrait, she stood in absolute awe looking up at the former first lady. The moment was captured by Ben Hines from North Carolina and shared on Facebook, as per Buzzfeed News. After the photo went viral, the news outlet managed to find Parker and her mom Jessica to ask them about Parker’s fascination with Obama, and Jessica explained, “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.”
Parker Looks Up, which Amazon describes as a story which “follows Parker, along with her baby sister and her mother, and her best friend Gia and Gia’s mother, as they walk the halls of a museum, seeing paintings of everyone and everything from George Washington Carver to Frida Kahlo, exotic flowers to graceful ballerinas. Then, Parker walks by Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama…and almost passes it. But she stops…and looks up!”
Parker Curry has clearly never stopped looking to Becoming author Michelle Obama as an inspiration. She went on from her first awestruck moment in front of Obama’s official portrait to dressing as the first lady for Halloween and even attending a private dance party with her hero, as per CNN.
Parker Curry has since been busy getting interviewed and inspiring young women and the world at large by taking such an extraordinary moment beyond going viral and making an impact! Now that’s a young Queen We stan!