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The viral photo of the little girl in awe of Michelle Obama's portrait has special meaning for the artist who created it.



When 2-year-old Parker Curry saw the portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., she couldn’t look away.

Her mom couldn’t pull her away from it.

"Parker was in front on 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 told CNN. "She was uncooperative with me because she was just so focused on the portrait and studying it, and she was just so fascinated."

The image was taken by Ben Hines of North Carolina when he saw Parker in awe of the former first lady’s portrait. It went viral after he posted it on Facebook, according to CNN.

The photo of Parker has special meaning for Baltimore based painter, Amy Sherald, who painted the Michelle Obama’s portrait.

Watch: This artist received a heart from a drug overdose victim. Now she's painting Michelle Obama’s portrait.

In an interview with Circa back in October, Sherald told us why she paints people of color.

“When I was growing up, for me, being an artist meant being able to render the figure, but I also paint people because in art history, people that looked like me are underrepresented, so I mainly paint black figures for that reason,” Sherald said.

She went on to say… “I paint because there needs to be positive images in museums and institutions, because I think that children should be able to walk into a place like that and see a version of themselves. And not feel excluded. Because art history was very exclusive, there weren’t black people in paintings and when they were in paintings they were props or painted as slaves. So, being a figure painter that means a lot to me.”

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