An 8-year-old girl is going viral on social media after a photo emerged of her dressing up as her hero, former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaBiden, Harris to address Democratic convention from Chase Center in Delaware Black women are ambitious — that's why we need more in office History's pick: Kamala Harris joins a long list of forerunners MORE, for her school’s Cultural Heroes Day.

In the viral photo, Ella-Lorraine Brown can be seen donning a similar get-up to Obama when she was a freshman at Princeton University.

“She was really in awe of the idea that with hard work you could become anything,” Brown's mother, Karlyn Johnson Brown, who also attended Princeton, told Makers on Friday. 

“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,” she continued.


Karlyn Johnson Brown told Makers that she has always encouraged her daughter to look up to strong women.

“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,” she said.

“We try to surround Ella-Lorraine with women who are go-getters like Michelle, women who are independent and smart, level-headed and loving,” Eugene Brown, Ella-Lorraine Brown’s father, also told the outlet.

“We make sure she knows about those who have gone before and have passed on,” he added. 

But this is not the first time Ella-Lorraine Brown has had the chance to dress up as one of her heroes.

Her parents told the outlet their daughter has also dressed up as civil aviator Bessie Coleman, the first woman of African-American descent and the first of Native American descent to hold a pilot license, and Ruby Bridges, who was the first African-American child to desegregate an elementary school in the South.