- Anonymous asked
Tiana was the first African American Disney princess in 72 years and the only African American princess ever.
- Mulan was the first East Asian Disney princess in 61 years and the only East Asian princess ever.
- Pocahontas was the first Native American princess in 58 years and the only Native American princess ever.
- Jasmine was the first Middle Eastern-analogue princess in 55 years, the first princess of color in 55 years, and the only Middle Eastern-esque since.
- These four, plus Princess Kida, are the only princesses who are not white.
- anightvaleintern asked
In a weird way, Princess Jasmine was a stand in for all young girls of color in the 1990s…
Let me tell you a story. Once at a party, I had all the little girls sitting around me and I was asking them about their favorite parts of all the princess movies. The birthday girl was sitting next to me, and tells me, “Princess, your skin is the same color as mine.” I smile and agree, and try to move the game along, but she interrupts and says, “Your skin is brown and you’re a princess. It’s the same color as mine, but you’re a princess.”
“Well, if my skin is brown and your skin is brown, and I’m a princess, then you must be a princess too.” I tell her. And then I spent the next 10 minutes assuring all the black girls at the party that yes, they have lovely skin and yes, they can be princesses with me.
This happens at most of the parties I go to. I have had my arm stroked, my hair patted, my skin color commented on more times than I can remember. I am not simply hired out to entertain a bunch of cute little girls dressed in poofy skirts who want to play with a big girl in a poofier skirt. I am hired out because I am an affirmation. For these little black girls (and boys! I’ve dazzled a few of them too) Princess Tiana is proof that for once, they can be special BECAUSE of the color of their skin, not IN SPITE OF.
Adding some of her pictures for emphasis.
We’ve featured pictures of this lovely Tiana before, but I wanted to add this post to the blog as well :)
At nineteen I cried while watching the Princess and the Frog in theaters.
I cried. Finally there was a Disney princess that looked like me and mine. She had hair like mine. A nose like my nieces’ noses. Her skin was dark brown and she was beautiful and clever and determined. Tiana meant so much to me and I was grown by the time she came along.
To my nieces, she meant even more. They had a princess that they could play as without their white friends shutting them down because “Belle/Cinderella/ wasn’t brown”. They had a princess that looked like them and that told them that they could be a princess themselves.
And I want that for everyone. I want everyone to be able to look at the media they consume and go “holy crap, this character is reminds me of people i know or people I’m related to” because of their culture and their skin color combined, not just because they’re snarky or they’re into books.
Representation is so important and I will fight to the death to make sure that people get the positive representation that they deserve just by existing in this world.
- just-a-simple-monk asked
Look it can’t even paint with more than one, it just splatters the other colors into a giant mess and tries to pass it off as painting.
Where’s that post that points out Rapunzel was Disney’s first white princess in 20 years??
While it’s true there’s not representation of every ethnicity yet, it’s not true that they only “paint with one color.” And I gotta say I find it ironic that the quote used for this reference was sang by a Native American (hint: not white) princess.
Bottom line: I’d love to see Disney do a Hispanic princess, a mixed race couple, a movie where the princess is the one saving the prince, a same-sex couple as much as the next person. But making false claims about the diversity in their movies isn’t going to get us there.
I assume that post is hiding in embarrassment because even if Rapunzel was Disney’s first white princess in 20 years (not withstanding with the pile of Cinderella sequels that home video spat out, and the giant castles that Disney has erected to memorialize three different white princesses, etc.) that’s a pretty sad statistic.
Sure, we went 20 years without a new white princess. Let’s be thoughtful about this:
So this argument that ooh, Rapunzel was the first white Disney princess in 20 years? When there were six white princesses before her? Rapunzel has only been out since 2010, and since then Disney has added THREE more white princesses.
That’s four white princesses in the past three years.
Disney can crown four princesses, all of the same same race, in three years, when they are white.
Yet, as your own fancy statistic attests, it took them six times as long to crown four princesses of color, of different races—each from films with questionable racial stereotypes.
Trying to minimize Disney’s terrible track record isn’t going to get us there either.
- ileikturtles asked
Hi there, the original story was written by Hans Christian Andersen, the same Danish author that wrote ‘the Little Mermaid’ and as such it is not a Saami story at all.
In the original story however, the main character Gerda meets a Saami woman who helps her finding her way to the Snow Queen’s palace by writing a message on a piece of dried fish that she tells Gerda to bring to a Finnish woman in the far north of Finland. This part of the story is a mere paragraph long, so the only reason why Disney has chosen to call Kristoff Saami is to add a bit of exotic flair to the film itself.
Disney’s understanding of our many and different cultures is non-existent, they haven’t used any Saami advisors in the process of making the film, Kristoff is a vendor of ice with a pet reindeer and the only inclusion of a Saami voice in the film is through the opening song, which is a yoik written by a South Saami composer. This yoik is not performed by Saami artists, however, so it’s not really a Saami addition to the film as much as it is a tune chosen because of how exotic it sounds. In many ways Eatnemen vuelie is not chosen because Disney wants the film to give Saami a place, it’s been chosen because it sounds like a chant not all too dissimilar from the opening song in Pocahontas.
In other words, changing Kristoff’s outfit from the horrible mismatch of things he’s currently wearing and that Disney presents as being Saami to something authentically Saami would be equally problematic because he is not Saami. Making Kristoff Saami is a way for Disney to claim that they have included minorities in their stories, rather than telling yet another boring, white Western story that has nothing new to add to the wealth of children’s films out there. His Saaminess is a tokenistic way of showing how inclusive Disney is while not being inclusive or diverse at all.