Disney’s first few princesses (up until 1992) were all Caucasian (Snow white, Cinderella,Aurora, Belle, Ariel) but since then there has been quite a bit of diversity in Disney films among their princesses.
Since Tiana there hasn’t been much diversity (ethnicity wise) in the films, Repunzel, Merida and Anna all being Caucasian however they fit the story so it wasn’t as though Disney was “white-washing” which they had been accused of in the past.
Now the reason this post was actually made, Disney has announced it’s first Latina princesses who will be having her own television show for children after she premieres on Sofia the First.
Elena will Premiere in 2016 in an episode of Disney Juniors television program Sofia the First, which will lead into her own spin-off series Elena of Avalor. Many Latina women have voiced their opinions on the subject & all seem positive from what I have seen. Michelle Herrera Mulligan, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan for Latinas raved “Having a princess/role model who looks like them is a huge step forward for girls’ self-perception everywhere. Most Latinas have darker skin tones, so Elena is very welcome!” There is still criticism about the “perfect” look of the princesses however, the cultural and ethnic diversity is something to be celebrated.
So tell me what you think, is Disney doing a good job at diversifying their princesses?