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Daytona Beach teen who resembles 'Frozen's' Elsa soaks up viral love

A teen from Daytona Beach closely resembles one of the main characters from Disney's Frozen — but it may not be the one you would expect.

This Anna looks like Elsa.

A few weeks ago, while visiting the Altamonte Mall in Altamonte Springs, Anna Faith Carlson, 18, who goes by Anna Faith, posed for a picture with a cardboard cutout of Queen Elsa from Disney's hit animated musical.

"We had just finished a modeling job in Orlando and my mom and best friend wanted me to take a picture with the cutout," Faith explained. "My hair was up and I looked like a mess, so I didn't want to at first."

Taking the photo turned out to be a great decision.

It wasn't long after the photo was posted to Instagram that the world started to see the strong resemblance between Faith and Elsa.

"I saw the movie sometime in December, not long after it came out," Faith said. "It wasn't long after it came out that people started saying that I looked like Elsa."

But when her Instagram photo went viral, then thousands noticed Faith's likeness to the popular character.

"It's a crazy resemblance," Faith said. "Every time I watch [the movie], it's weird because it's like I'm watching myself. It's kind of creepy."

Faith has been involved with singing and musical theater her whole life, but it wasn't until she graduated high school that the Daytona Beach teen started to pursue modeling.

"I was told by several agencies that things would pick up after I turned 18, and they definitely have," she said.

Now that her resemblance to the Disney character is gaining steam, she said that she is fine being "typecast" when it comes to modeling. And one of her main career aspirations is landing a part on the ABC TV show Once Upon A Time.

"We've tried reaching out to them, but haven't heard anything as of yet," Faith's mother, Karen Carlson, said. "We're just not sure how to get in touch, but she would absolutely love to be on the show, since they are adding Frozen characters."

Faith's main goal with this whole experience, however, is to spread joy.

She has dressed as Elsa — ice blue dress, blonde ponytail and all — on several occasions, including appearances at schools. She even dressed as the Ice Queen for a high school prom.

Carlson, who manages her daughter, noted that Faith has an appearance at a hospital in a couple of weeks.

"We of course do the appearances for free," Faith said. "I just love seeing the kids and seeing them smile is so special."

Faith even receives fan mail — about 150 comments or emails a day — according to Carlson. She also has received sketches of her as Queen Elsa.

"It is all just so special," Faith said. "It's touching to bring life to a character in front of a child's eyes."

Photos of Faith with her sister, Lexie Carlson, and best friend, Brittany Dufoe, dressed as Elsa's sister, Princess Anna, have also created a buzz on social media.

"They both have dressed as Anna with me, but it's mostly my sister and I," she explained.

With Faith's real name being Anna, it can get confusing when she is dressed as Elsa in public.

"I try and call her Elsa, but when I call out 'Anna,' both girls will sometimes turn around," Carlson said.

Carlson is working with her daughter now to plan a trip to Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga., for a fundraising event for a 5-year-old autistic girl who has been diagnosed with cancer.

"We hope to be able to make it up for the event," Carlson said.

Whether all of this leads to bigger things or is just a brief time in the spotlight, Faith said it has been a roller coaster of emotions and an overall great experience.

Some children at Faith's appearances have broken into tears of joy thinking that Faith was the "real" Elsa.

"One family told us that they couldn't afford to go to Disney and that it meant the world to them for their child to see me dressed as Elsa," Faith said.

"Things like that make it all worth it."

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