Ella-Lorraine Brown, an 8-year-old from Los Angeles, has always been drawn to Michelle Obama when it comes to finding women to look up to. But after learning that both the former first lady and her mom went to Princeton, she was determined to dress up as Michelle for her school's Cultural Heroes Day. But rather than going with one of her classic looks, Ella-Lorraine and her mom, Karlyn, re-created a photo they found of Michelle in college. Karlyn shared a side-by-side photo to Facebook, and yep, they totally knocked it out of the park.
Rather than going with one of Michelle's classic looks, Karlyn and Ella-Lorraine decided to get creative with the ensemble.
"I love it because I appreciate that she sees that women are versatile and strong and can choose and use their strengths in a multitude of ways."
"Ella-Lorraine was excited about dressing as Michelle Obama, but she came home from school one day upset," Karlyn told POPSUGAR. "She told me another little girl in her class had also chosen Michelle Obama for her project. I told her 'Yes, but I bet she is doing Michelle Obama, first lady. You're doing Michelle Robinson Obama, Princeton student, and that makes you extra special.'"
Karlyn's pep talk was enough to sway Ella-Lorraine, and sure enough, she showed up to school in her unique outfit that pays tribute to the former first lady.
"She seemed contented with that response, and when cultural day came, I made sure to add a mock Princeton ID badge so folks would be able to identify her," she explained. "Ella-Lorraine was very excited and even had a bunch of tiger themed folders and notebooks in her bag to really play up the Princeton student part."
Although the 8-year-old has always been drawn to Michelle, the connection her mom and the former first lady share made dressing up as her extra memorable.
"Ella-Lorraine loves Michelle Obama, and she was fascinated by the fact that Mommy and the former first lady went to the same school," Karlyn said. "When she decided to choose Michelle Obama as this year's cultural hero, we went with her Princeton look. It was really important for her to draw that connection between this famous woman and her mom."
Obviously, Ella-Lorraine got the stamp of approval from her mom, but you know who else loved it? Michelle Obama! The former first lady shared a link to an article on Twitter. "I love it because I appreciate that she sees that women are versatile and strong and can choose and use their strengths in a multitude of ways," Karlyn said.