Rachel Charlene Lewis
Updated Jan 18, 2017 @ 7:18 am
Taraji P. Henson Hidden Figures
Credit: Fox

In case you needed any further proof that empowering female role models are so, so important, this little girl just dressed up like Taraji P. Henson’s character in Hidden Figures, Katherine Johnson. The fact that this young girl picked a hugely influential scientist to be her new idol is so inspiring, and we’re honestly tearing up over here.

This is exactly why sharing the stories and accomplishments of marginalized people is SO important. Look at the impact it’s already had! We couldn’t love Hidden Figures any more if we tried.

So here’s what happened. A little girl named Laya dressed up like Taraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures, and it’s basically the sweetest thing we’ve ever seen. Her mom posted a photo of her, writing,

Just look at her! It’s so, so cute. See? This is exactly why little girls need to be able to see themselves in powerful roles on screen.

Awwww! Taraji completely fangirled over the little sweetheart, and it’s SO PRECIOUS.

Our hearts honestly can’t take this level of cute! We can only imagine how excited this little one was to have Taraji send her such a loving message. We know we would be! Nothing but heart eyes for all this #girlpower going around.