Toddler excited to see she looks just like Mirabel from 'Encanto': 'It's me, mommy!'

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By Carina Murphy

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A mom captured the adorable moment her daughter saw herself reflected on-screen in Disney's hit animated movie Encanto.

In a video that proves once and for all just how important representation is, Manu Araújo Marques can be seen reacting to "herself" on-screen with shock and joy.

When the younger version of Mirabel - Encanto's main character - comes on the TV, two-year-old Manu says "It's me, mommy!"

"It's me!" she continued in Portuguese.

Her mom Hannary Araújo asks Manu if she can turn around so she can get a proper look at the similarity. "It's you? Look at mommy, let me see if it's you," she says as Manu stands side-by-side with her animated lookalike.

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When a grown Mirable appears on screen, Manu says sweetly: "I grew up, mommy."

"How beautiful," her mom replies.

The clip - which Manu's parents shared to her Instagram @manumirable - has already racked up over 23,000 likes and thousands of comments. Meanwhile, Stephanie Beatriz - who voices Mirabel in the film - also shared the video.

Hannary chatted to BuzzFeed News about the clip, saying: "There's nothing better than seeing your child's joy — especially being represented in a Disney movie!"

Manu isn't the only kid who was excited to see themselves represented in Encanto, which has recently been nominated for a Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award.

New York mom Kah Brand made headlines last month when she shared a photo of her son Kenzo besides another character in the movie, Mirabel's little cousin Antonio.
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"Check Kenzo out in the new Disney Movie Encanto lol #representationmatters #ThankYouDisney," she wrote in the caption.

In an interview with Yahoo Life she described how "when Antonio popped up on the screen Kenzo was just staring. He was in awe."

"At some point, he turned around to his dad and I sitting on the couch and was smiling: I think he truly thought it was him because there is such a strong resemblance," she added.

The mom went on to say how important representation was for kids growing up, saying: "Growing up there wasn't much diversity in the way characters looked — that's changing. Black and brown children are getting to see themselves in positive images through characters like the ones on Encanto."

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Toddler excited to see she looks just like Mirabel from 'Encanto': 'It's me, mommy!'

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By Carina Murphy

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A mom captured the adorable moment her daughter saw herself reflected on-screen in Disney's hit animated movie Encanto.

In a video that proves once and for all just how important representation is, Manu Araújo Marques can be seen reacting to "herself" on-screen with shock and joy.

When the younger version of Mirabel - Encanto's main character - comes on the TV, two-year-old Manu says "It's me, mommy!"

"It's me!" she continued in Portuguese.

Her mom Hannary Araújo asks Manu if she can turn around so she can get a proper look at the similarity. "It's you? Look at mommy, let me see if it's you," she says as Manu stands side-by-side with her animated lookalike.

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When a grown Mirable appears on screen, Manu says sweetly: "I grew up, mommy."

"How beautiful," her mom replies.

The clip - which Manu's parents shared to her Instagram @manumirable - has already racked up over 23,000 likes and thousands of comments. Meanwhile, Stephanie Beatriz - who voices Mirabel in the film - also shared the video.

Hannary chatted to BuzzFeed News about the clip, saying: "There's nothing better than seeing your child's joy — especially being represented in a Disney movie!"

Manu isn't the only kid who was excited to see themselves represented in Encanto, which has recently been nominated for a Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award.

New York mom Kah Brand made headlines last month when she shared a photo of her son Kenzo besides another character in the movie, Mirabel's little cousin Antonio.
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"Check Kenzo out in the new Disney Movie Encanto lol #representationmatters #ThankYouDisney," she wrote in the caption.

In an interview with Yahoo Life she described how "when Antonio popped up on the screen Kenzo was just staring. He was in awe."

"At some point, he turned around to his dad and I sitting on the couch and was smiling: I think he truly thought it was him because there is such a strong resemblance," she added.

The mom went on to say how important representation was for kids growing up, saying: "Growing up there wasn't much diversity in the way characters looked — that's changing. Black and brown children are getting to see themselves in positive images through characters like the ones on Encanto."

Featured Image Credit: Collection Christophel / Alamy