Images of Disney’s first ever Latina princess have been revealed today. Princess Elena will be ruling over the kingdom of Avalor from the 22nd of July after she makes her debut on the Disney Channel. Twitter has gone MAD for the latest Disney princess, praising Disney for stepping up and introducing more ethnically diverse characters.

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The sixteen-year-old princess will break from Disney tradition, with finding a prince not being high on Elena’s agenda! The princess who is voiced by Aimee Carrero will also highlight Latin traditions and music in the show.

In the past 10 years Disney has definitely stepped up its game when it comes to representing women of colour.  The blonde haired blue eyed princesses such as Cinderella and sleeping beauty which dominated old school Disney have been joined by a more ethnically diverse set of princesses. From Chinese warrior princess Mulan’s debut in 1998, to the first ever black princess, Tiana from princess and the frog in 2009.

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Cajun princess Tiana was herald as the first ever Black princess, the tale unraveled in the dirty south of America and was a box office smash.
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China’s saviour Mulan made her debut in 1998, she cut her hair and joined the army. Her braun and beauty broke the disney stereotype.
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This 1995 classic showed indigenous beauty Pocahontas that disney really could ‘paint with all the colours of the wind’.
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The gorgeous Princess Jasmine appeared in 1992’s Aladdin. After falling for a boy from the slums, the asian beauty proved that love always conquers.

Finally, in 2016 girls growing up are seeing a lot more diversity when it comes to choosing what princesses they want to be. Not only are we being introduced to princesses from wider ethnic backgrounds but also more story lines which promote intelligence, and charisma without running to the nearest prince! Making these princesses a great role model and sending a much better message to young girls.

Even in the real world there are a fair few beautiful ebony princesses which have found their prince charming. The media is all over Princess Kate, but here are a few lesser known princesses which deserve to be known.

PRINCESS ANGELA OF LIECHTENSTEIN

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Born in Panama, Princess Angela Gisela Brown married Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein in 2000. This Afro-Latina beauty grew up in New York City and attended Parsons School of Design, where she won the coveted Oscar de la Renta Gold Thimble Award for fashion designThe couple has two children, Prince Alfons Constantin and Princess Angela. Princess Angela and her son Prince Alfons are the highest-ranking Black members of a reigning European dynasty.
PRINCESS KEISHA OMILANA OF NIGERIA 

Princess+Keisha+Omilana+Invisible+Beauty+Sponsored+JsKzkh_qDunlHailing from Inglewood, California. This royal has the the ultimate
inspiring story.  Known in the industry as, “The Pantene Girl” because she was the first African-American woman featured in three commercials, Princess Keisha heads Wonderful TV with her husband, Prince Kunle Omilan. Along with running Wonderful TV, which boasts a networ of stations across Europe, Princess Keisha has modeled for nearly every cosmetics brand from L’Oreal to Cover Girl, and has appeared in “Zoolander,” “30 Rock,” and “Saturday Night Live.”

PRINCESS SIKHANYISO DLAMINI

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Her Royal Highness Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini of Swaziland is the oldest daughter of  King Mswati III. Smart and educated she is known affectionately known as Princess Pashu. She recently graduated with her Masters in digital communication from Sydney University in Australia.

Its important for young girls to see more ethically diverse role models in the media. This promotes self love and allows children to feel more confident and happy with the way they look.

So what do you think of Elena?

And from which background/ethnicity would you like the next Disney princes to represent?

Let us know.

 

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