Mindy Kaling shared a poignant message about her 3-year-old daughter watching Kamala Harris' inauguration




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  • Mindy Kaling posted a photo on Instagram of her 3-year-old daughter watching Kamala Harris being sworn in as Vice President.

  • She captioned the post: "I was at work, but apparently she said: 'Is that mommy? It looks like mommy."

  • Adding: "Best compliment I ever got! It matters. Happy Inauguration everyone."

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Mindy Kaling captured the feeling of many Americans on inauguration day.

The former "The Office" star, who is Indian-American, shared a photograph of her 3-year-old daughter watching on as Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President.

And she captioned the post: "I was at work, but apparently she said: 'Is that mommy? It looks like mommy.' Best compliment I ever got! It matters. Happy Inauguration everyone."

"Representation matters," chimed one commentor with a crying face emoji.

And Mariah Carey commented: "Love this."

Kamala Harris, who is a former California senator, is the first woman as well as the first person of African American and South Asian descent to take up the office of the Vice President of the United States. And references to her historic achievement were strategically placed through her inauguration.

During the swearing ceremony, Harris used a Bible that belonged to Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice. In her memoir "The Truths We Hold," Harris calls Marshall "one of my heroes and inspirations."

And many commentators have also noted the significance of her purple dress, which CNN host Abby Phillip said could likely have been a nod to Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first to run for president. Chisholm famously wore purple during her 1972 presidential campaign, according to Newsweek.

Vice President Harris has often discussed the importance of representation and her desire to inspire young women as she takes up office.

During her victory speech after the election in November, she said: "To the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they've never seen it before," she said. "And we will applaud you every step of the way."

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