Former US First Lady Michelle Obama is an icon and is revered by many all over the world. However she has emerged as a major influence on young girls all across the world. A few weeks ago, the official portraits former US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were unveiled at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald who painted the portraits have proved to be inspiring pieces of art but also given fodder to all sorts of debates and discussions. However, a little girl’s photo has become viral for all the right reasons as she looks up awestruck to Michelle Obama’s life-size portrait. The powerful image has gone viral on social media for the tremendous force it depicts and the inspiration it provides.

The little girl was awestruck by the portrait of Michelle Obama and she was captured by Facebook user Ben Hines, who was visiting the museum with his wife and was standing in line with the girl. He posted the photo on his Facebook and it has gone viral for the magnitude of emotions that it depicts of the young girl. He shared the photo and captioned it with words, “Donna Hines & I made a pilgrimage today and we were delighted to wait in line behind this fellow art lover & hopeful patriot.” 9-year-old Girl Dressed up as Michelle Obama for School Project, Former First Lady Gives A+ After Getting Impressed With Photo

The girl’s photo looking up at Michelle Obama

Artist Amy Sherald also shared an alternative view of the little girl on her Instagram account, explaining how she was also awestruck when she had visited the Smithsonian museum when she was younger.

Amy Sherald also shared an alternative view of the girl

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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Twitter users were also struck by the little girl’s reaction and shared how moving the image was. Sample a few tweets below.

Feeling all the feels

This is what makes Michelle Obama an icon

Powerful picture

Icons in their own right

Michelle Obama’s words

The girl’s photo has become viral because it makes us feel the power of identifying, idolizing and emulating someone in our lives. It also makes one appreciate the art and the artist and the beauty of things in this hectic and humdrum lives of ours. The image is surely an inspiration for many.