Reese Witherspoon Celebrates Mini-Me Daughter Ava’s Birthday in Matching Strapless Dresses

The actress-producer’s Instagram post featured the sweetest throwback photo.
Ava Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon.

Ava Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon.

Reese Witherspoon’s daughter, Ava Phillippe, turned 24 on Sept. 9, and her celebrity mom sweetly wished her a happy birthday with a celebratory Instagram post.

Witherspoon’s image carousel on Saturday featured a snap of the mother-daughter duo presently, in which they both rocked pretty strapless dresses with their hair styled in similar ringlets. Phillippe’s draped dress was white, while The Morning Show star’s was a muted shade of green, and the two grinned for the camera, displaying strikingly similar smiles. The second photo was a precious throwback to Witherspoon holding Phillippe as a little girl.

“Happy Birthday to my glorious girl @avaphillippe ! 💞🎂🥳,” the Legally Blonde actress gushed in her caption. “It’s the joy of my life to watch you grow and become the most inspiring, thoughtful, creative, dynamic, funny woman. I have learned so much from being your mom. How lucky is that ??!! I love you to the stars and back! 💫💗.”

While the pics quickly racked up more than one million likes, plenty of Witherspoon’s 29.7 million followers on the platform took to the comments section to argue whether Phillippe more closely resembles her mother or her actor father, Ryan Phillippe.

“It’s been the joy of my life to watch you two turn into each other over and over again,” Chelsea Handler quipped. “Who the duck is who?”

“It’s funny, Reese Witherspoon’s daughter looks more like Reese Whiterspoon than Reese Whiterspoon,” someone else joked.

“Ryan’s twin,” one fan observed.

“Copy + Paste,” another person noted.

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