“I want to be Michelle Obama.” That’s what Parker Curry told her mom when she asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween. If that name sounds familiar (Parker, not Michelle), it’s because she’s the girl whose photo went viral earlier this year, when she was caught staring open-mouthed at the former First Lady’s portrait in the Smithsonian. And now she’s back, with a Halloween costume worthy of the White House.
Designed and created by Alisha Welsh of Magnolia Lake Children’s Clothing in New York, Parker’s costume was a miniature replica of the gown Mrs. Obama wore when posing for her portrait. And according to Jessica Curry, Parker’s mom, “her jaw dropped” when she saw the dress for the first time, saying, “Oh my gosh. It’s perfect!”
In fact, the three-year-old loved her new First Lady-inspired look so much, she apparently asked to wear it again to school the day after Halloween.
Here’s the side-by-side ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/TqnWAtjqK4
— David Mack (@davidmackau) November 1, 2018
After all, Parker’s love for her idol is no secret. Curry laughs, “Parker talks about Michelle Obama every day. She lets people know every day that she is the one who met Michelle Obama and she is friends with Michelle Obama.”
Which must be true, since even Mrs. Obama approved of Parker’s costume, tweeting, “You nailed the look, Parker! I love it!!!! ❤️”
You nailed the look, Parker! I love it!!!! ❤️ https://t.co/40CArze8gT
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) November 1, 2018
But what’s even more special than the glamorous gown itself, is the message behind it. Curry explained, “As a female and as a girl of color, it’s really important that I show [Parker] people who look like her that are doing amazing things and are making history so that she knows she can do it.”