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    People Are Sharing The First Time They Saw Themselves Represented Onscreen, And It’s Heartwarming

    "She made me feel normal."

    We all know Hollywood still has a long way to go when it comes to representation. But, over the past few decades, even though it seems to be going at a snail's pace, there has been some progress.

    Recently I asked the BuzzFeed Community to share the first time they felt represented onscreen. Here are the responses:

    1. Yvie Oddly from RuPaul's Drag Race

    Yvie Oddly

    2. Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Willow and Buffy with the words, "And I think I'm kinda gay"

    3. Chrissie from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    kids surrounding a woman in "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood"

    4. Simon from Love, Simon

    Simon smiling by a car

    5. Nick Nelson from Heartstopper

    Nick Nelson looking concerned

    6. Gabriella from High School Musical

    Gabriella standing at a mic

    7. Mirabel from Encanto

    Mirabel waving

    8. Florence from Sex Education

    Florence talking to a counselor

    9. Emily Fields from Pretty Little Liars

    Emily smiling at a girl

    10. Kamala Khan from Ms. Marvel

    Kamala Khan wearing a tiara and smiling

    11. Emma from Red Band Society

    Emma looking in a mirror

    12. Riley from Inside Out

    Riley looking sad

    13. Rebecca Bunch from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

    Rebecca putting makeup on

    14. Issa Dee from Insecure

    Issa smiling and holding a beverage

    15. Elena from One Day at a Time

    Elena saying to two women, "This is terrible; I can't be 'passing'; I'm a pround Latinx"

    16. Max from Happy Endings

    Max saying, "I'm not at a point right now in my life where I can be taken seriously"

    17. Eloise from Bridgerton

    Eloise saying, "Why must our only options be to squawk and settle or to never leave the nest? What if I want to fly?"

    18. Chidi from The Good Place

    Chidi choosing a muffin

    19. Alina from Shadow and Bone

    Alina looking off into the distance

    20. Elle Woods from Legally Blonde

    Elle Woods smiling triumphantly

    21. Rosa Diaz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Rosa saying, "This is not a phase, and I need you to understand that; I'm bisexual"

    22. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory

    Sheldon sitting on a couch

    23. Selena from Selena (1997)

    Three kids playing music and a man looking at them

    24. John Silver in Black Sails

    a man in pain while another man says they'll take care of him, and him saying that's the scary part

    25. And finally, most of the dance team from Gotta Kick It Up!

    cheerleaders cheering

    When was the first time you saw yourself represented in a TV show or movie? Or are you still waiting to see yourself onscreen? Let us know in the comments!

    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.


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