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.