Esther Jenner says the woman formerly known as her son Bruce looks just like her granddaughter

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As the world reacts to her Vanity Fair cover, perhaps no one is more proud of Caitlyn Jenner than her mom.

“She’s beautiful!” Jenner’s 88-year-old mother, Esther, told Access Hollywood on Monday.

The family matriarch was introduced to the woman formerly known as Bruce Jenner before the magazine cover was released. As she explains, “I was there last week, well actually, I got home a week and a half ago. And I met Caitlyn.”

Esther says her first impression was that, “She is so much more at ease.”

But that doesn’t mean she’s quite willing to part with the name she gave her child at birth.

“I still have to call him Bruce. His father and I named him that,” Esther explained. “It’s going to be a struggle for me to get used to the change, but happily so I’m very happy for him – or her!”

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According to Esther, the changes in the 65-year-old Olympian’s appearance have made Caitlyn look just like her granddaughter (and Caitlyn’s niece), Samantha.

“You know who she reminds me of, my granddaughter Samantha. There is a lot of Sam!”

Jenner’s mom also supported Caitlyn on her 20/20 special, recording a message, saying, “I want you to be happy, and I love you. I was very proud of you when you stood on that podium in Montreal – I never thought I could be more proud of you, but I’m learning I can be.”