A photo of a 2-year-old staring at Michelle Obama's portrait in awe is going viral

A photo of two-year-old Parker Curry staring awestruck at the new Michelle Obama portrait is going viral.

The photo, taken by Ben Hines, shows Parker staring open-mouthed and gazing up at the portrait, which was unveiled last month.

Parker's mother Jessica told CNN that she wanted a picture of Parker standing in front of the portrait but "she genuinely, honestly would not turn around."

"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."

"As a female and as a girl of colour, 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."

The portrait was painted by Amy Sherald who shared another image of the awe-struck two-year-old on Instagram with a caption describing her first visit to a museum.

Former first lady Michelle Obama and Artist Amy Sherald, right, unveil Michelle Obama's official portrait at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

"There was a show up of work by painter @thebobartlett whose work still inspires me to this day," Sherald wrote on the social media site.

"There was a painting of a black man standing in front of a house. I don't remember a lot about my childhood, but I do have a few emotional memories etched into my mind forever and seeing that painting of a man that looked like he could be my father stopped me dead in my tracks.

"This was my first time seeing real paintings that weren't in a book and also weren't painted in another century. I didn't realize that none of them had me in them until I saw that painting of Bo's."

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Feeling all the feels. 😭 When I look at this picture I think back to my first field trip in elementary school to a museum. I had only seen paintings in encyclopedias up to that point in my life. There was a show up of work by painter @thebobartlett whose work still inspires me to this day. There was a painting of a black man standing in front of a house. I don't remember a lot about my childhood, but I do have a few emotional memories etched into my mind forever and seeing that painting of a man that looked like he could be my father stopped me dead in my tracks. This was my first time seeing real paintings that weren't in a book and also weren't painted in another century. I didn't realize that none of them had me in them until I saw that painting of Bo's. I knew I wanted to be an artist already, but seeing that painting made me realize that I could. What dreams may come? #representationmatters

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The photo struck a chord on social media.


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