Same, I liked her design for years before watching the show.
I also wonder if there are many people who didn't catch on that she was that young before seeing it. For years I thought she was 17 to 20, and I still have a hard time believing she's supposed to be so young, especially considering the way she behaves in the show. It's only when she's juxtaposed to an adult that her height betrays her.
One of my online friends thinks it's absolutely disgusting to like her this much. I can understand that, but fuck is it hard to think of her as a child when listening to the things she say.Or maybe I'm just making excuses. I still love everything she stands for and all of her virtues.