This is exciting! Disney has just announced that, after much anticipation, a Latina Princess will finally be introduced next year– the first ever!
Wayta go, Disney! The network has just announced that, making her debut in 2016 will be the very first Latina Disney Princess! Coming to life on the Disney Junior Series Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor will be the first Disney Princess of Hispanic descent!
Disney’s First Latina Princess Coming In 2016
Better late than never, right?
After some deserved criticism throughout the years, Disney has listened and responded. A new series set for next year called Sofia the First will center upon Princess Elena, who is confirmed to be Latina. Better yet, after her introduction on Sofia, Elena will go on to have her very own spin-off series, also debuting in 2016.
Elena is “a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairy tale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore,” according to the network.
The voice behind Elena will be courtesy of Aimee Carrero, who currently stars on ABC Family’s Young & Hungry.
Disney & Diversity
Though it took a while for Disney to produce a princess of Latina heritage, many of the princesses have actually depicted a wildly diverse range of ethnicities over the last couple decades.
With princesses of African American, Asian, Native American, Caucasian and Arabic descent, it’s almost surprising that it took this long for a Latina princess to come along.
Disney’s diversifying efforts won’t stop there, though. The Mouse’s 2018 film, Moana, will feature as the lead Moana Waialiki. Moana is a Polynesian princess and sea voyaging enthusiast. She’s also the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators.
Fans are hoping that, if the film is well received, it could do for diversity in film what Frozen (another Disney movie you may have heard of) did for feminist leads.
We like the sound of that!
What do you guys think of Disney creating a Latina princess?