The first Disney princess gracefully danced her way into our hearts back in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It wasn’t until the ’90s that Disney decided to really make an effort in changing up the ethnicities on the magical maidens. A lot of the iconic fairy tales originated in various countries, but it took awhile to really see some legitimate ethnic diversity out of the incredibly popular Disney princess group.
In the past 15 years there’s been a wonderful change in the stories and women we see in various Disney princess stories, whether they appear on television or film. Disney Junior decided to surprise kids and adults alike today with the introduction of Princess Elena. Time reports that the first Latina Disney princess will be making her way onto the small screen in 2016, debuting on a special episode of Sofia the First. After that debut, she’ll be appearing in her own show Elena of Avalor in 2016. Here’s a brief description of Elena’s origins:
Elena was imprisoned in the amulet by an evil sorceress, Shuriki, decades ago while Elena was trying to protect her little sister, Princess Isabel. Decades later, Sofia “discovers the truth . . . and sets out to restore Elena to her human form and help her return to the kingdom of Avalor.”
And here’s a brief description of Elena, who slightly sounds like other recent Disney princesses. That’s okay. If Elena was willing to sacrifice herself for family, then she’s pretty awesome in my book:
Princess Elena is a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairy tale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore.
Naturally this wouldn’t be a proper Disney princess if there wasn’t some form of magic taking part in her life, go figure. After the uproar many people – including myself – made against Disney sloppily semi-announcing that Sofia the First was Latina, we’ve been (im)patiently waiting for the company to really give viewers a 100% badass Latina Disney princess. Yes, they eventually denied that Sofia the First wasn’t a Latina princess, but that only got Disney fans like myself even more irritated that we didn’t have one.
Okay, so a lot of us have been waiting a lot longer than just a couple years for this to happen, but we have a cool Latina Disney princess. And last but not least, here’s a wonderful picture of Elena. Start making that outfit cosplayers!
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