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Viral photo: SC girl defends her choice of doll, 'She's a doctor like I'm a doctor'

Sophia showing off her doll.

Sophia showing off her doll.  (Brandi Benner)

Little two-year-old Sophia had an immediate goal: learning how to use the potty, and she has a longterm goal: becoming a doctor. And a photo of her that's going viral has become a message of love, dreams, and diversity.

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Her mother, Brandi Benner, shared a photo of Sophia holding her brand new doll on her Facebook page, which was a prize for the South Carolina girl achieving her first goal of one whole month of using the potty.

The doll Sophia picked out is black and Sophia happens to be white, and the cashier at the store asked Sophia if she picked out the wrong doll. "Sophia continued to stare blankly as I let the cashier know that she was a prize for Sophia being fully potty trained," Benner posted on Facebook in the photo caption.

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The cashier responded, "Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?"

Sophia said, "Yes, please!"

Nick and I told Sophia that after 1 whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize at Target. She, of course, picked a new doll. The obsession is real. While we were checking out, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. We both gave her a blank stare. She then pointed to the doll and asked Sophia if she picked her out for a friend. Sophia continued to stare blankly and I let the cashier know that she was a prize for Sophia being fully potty trained. The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, "Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?" Sophia finally found her voice and said, "Yes, please!" The cashier replied, "But she doesn't look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you." I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded with, "Yes, she does. She's a doctor like I'm a doctor. And I'm a pretty girl and she's a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?" Thankfully the cashier decided to drop the issue and just answer, "Oh, that's nice." This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren't born with the idea that color matters. Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful. #itswhatsontheinsidethatcounts #allskinisbeautiful #teachlove #teachdiversity #thenextgenerationiswatching

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When the cashier said, "But she doesn't look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you," Sophia's mother became angry, but before she could say anything, Sophia said: "Yes, she does. She's a doctor like I'm a doctor. And I'm a pretty girl and she's a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?"

"This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren't born with the idea that color matters," Benner posted.

Benner's post has since been shared more than 150,000 times.

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