8-year-old girl dresses up as a young Michelle Obama for school project and the former first lady loves it
Ella-Lorraine Brown from Los Angeles chose to dress up as former first lady Michelle Obama for the Cultural Hero's Day at her school
An eight-year-old girl chose to dress up as her role model — the former first lady Michelle Obama to school. Ella-Lorraine Brown from Los Angeles took inspiration from Michelle Obama's days as an underclassman at Princeton University, New Jersey and decided to emulate her.
For the Cultural Hero's Day at her school, Ella wore a denim jacket along with braids in her hair for the school presentation. She matched everything to a very iconic picture of Michelle on the Princeton campus in her freshman year. Ella's picture was posted by her mother Karlyn Johnson Brown on social media and has garnered a lot of attention since. Many people have complimented Ella on her outfit and also her ability to strike the same pose as Michelle.
During an interview with 'Makers', Karlyn shared how she believed that Ella's choice to represent Michelle Obama was important.
"She was really in awe of the idea that with hard work you could become anything. I loved it because by choosing to portray her hero as a college student, the focus was on Michelle's accomplishments as an individual, not just as an attachment."
Karlyn posted the pictures on her Facebook account and they went viral with many approving the girl's choice of a hero. The post got so much attention that it even caught the eye of the former first lady Michelle herself and she too shared Ella's picture on her own page. Karlyn added that she and her husband always encourage their daughter to look for inspiration from strong women such as Michelle.
“I loved it because by choosing to portray her hero as a college student, the focus was on Michelle’s accomplishments as an individual, not just as an attachment." This 8-year-old dressed up as her hero, @MichelleObama at @Princeton, & it's EVERYTHING. 🙌 https://t.co/gllJzec1MT— MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) December 7, 2018
"Ella-Lorraine has never known a time when black women weren't publicly honored and 'black girl magic' wasn't a highly celebrated thing. That's awesome," Karlyn said.
Her husband Eugenie Brown added, "We try to surround Ella-Lorraine with women who are go-getters like Michelle, women who are independent and smart, level-headed and loving."
For some of her previous projects, Ella has also dressed up as the first person of African-American and Native American parentage to have a pilots license, Bessie Collman. Ella had also gone as Ruby Bridges, who had been the first African-American child to help desegregate an all-white elementary school in Louisiana. Ella's parents are hopeful that she will continue to embrace history and take guidance from those who inspire her.