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Disney Introduces Its First Latina Princess With Elena of Avalor

Disney Introduces Its First Latina Princess With Elena of Avalor

Disney is finally introducing its very first Hispanic princess with Elena of Avalor.

The character will make her debut in 2016 on the Disney Junior show, Sofia the First.

Elena is described as “a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairy tale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore,” according to a statement from the network.

The character will be brought to life by Aimee Carrero of ABC Family’s Young & Hungry.

After debuting on Sofia the First, Princess Elena will get her own spin-off series that same year.

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  • ❤♡❣♡❤

    What happened with their statement from two years ago after people critizied Sofia the first (mistakenly named first latina princess by THEM) for her caucasian look:
    “All our characters come from fantasy lands that may reflect elements of various cultures and ethnicities but none are meant to specifically represent those real world cultures”
    Now they do come from real cultures? After they saw the interest of that culture?

  • VanityInsecurity

    Just glad that a Latina is apart of Disney.. finally!

  • sky

    could they not have given her, her own movie and then do the tv thing.

  • Christian Luis Rivera

    Was El Dorado not Disney?

  • Kaitlyn

    So a half Hispanic princess isn’t considered Hispanic?

    Wow, these rules of hispanicism are tough.

  • Arsenic

    I don’t want to sound racist here but, why on earth does she has to be Dora the Explorer look alike, I mean she can also be caucasian or blonde just because a princes is white with light brown hair, seriously it was pretty ridiculous that hispanic people (I am hispanic myself) critized Sofia because she wasn’t “Hispanic” enough.

  • Guest

    I see hispanics too proud, arrogant and fake when there are way better countries than them. Much humbler, richer and with more beautiful people. They claim they are different and that everyone envies them. The only differences are their customs because of the daylight and temperature most of all in summer, the huge gossip and the food (the only thing I find good). They are getting more and more impolite too. I obviously hate Spain

  • mandyz

    at least you established yourself as a racist so good job! :D and Hispanics are nationalistic against other Hispanic countries, we don’t think we’re better than other races, its the individual country’s pride with another Hispanic country that can get a little unnerving and really annoying at times. but im sorry you haven’t met any humble Hispanics but there’s a good load of us that do exist and there are stunning Hispanics in Central and South America, don’t kid yourself because you don’t see them in front of your face and didn’t feel like looking around and assume we’re not attractive enough compared to the generic Aryan race beauty ideals when we actually do have natural blondes, light brunettes, redheads, and there’s a good portion of us that have green eyes, blue eyes, and hazel eyes, we aren’t all brown people like you assume. and Spain isn’t Hispanic sweetheart, its’ European whether you want to accept it or not. have a lovely day racist!

  • mandyz

    no, I believe it was DreamWorks that produced El Dorado

  • mandyz

    I know right, they think we’re all brown people LMFAO, I still find that shit hilarious. Pffft, white people still acting ignorant as usual

  • j k

    this is Disney, of course they’ll go with stereotypes

  • ok

    okay but there’s like a billion white/white looking women out there? there’s a serious lack of brown characters. that girl looks like me and i have had very few characters look like me out there.

  • pixie

    Too me she looks like Pocohantus, Indian no offense.

  • ok

    All of the people complaining about how NOT ALL HISPANICS ARE BROWN/DARK SKINNED SO WHY IS SHE…Really? Are you kidding me? Like you can find plenty of white looking women out there on tv and in the media, fictional or not. This isn’t about that.

    This is about the little girls who have grown up unable to see themselves and their skin color as pretty and good enough to be considered a Disney princess, a princess who is
    looked up to and admired and praised and featured on merchandise that little girls will use in their room and as their utensils and will see on their tv. They will look at Elena of Avalor and grow up accepting their skin color in a world that makes them feel less for having dark skin.

    I’m Latina and I’ve grown up in a homogeneous community near Miami; while growing up, I was blind to my skin color because I admired all of these pale girls and women and, because we’re all Latino here, nobody really talks to you about your skin tone nor do you experience racism like you would anywhere else. Seeing this made me very emotional and ecstatic, and I hope she gets her own movie in the future like the other Disney princesses. I wish I could have had an Elena when I was growing up, and I am so happy for all of the little Latina girls with brown skin who will see her, grow up with her, and feel beautiful.

    She is Latina, she is brown, and she is gorgeous. Deal with it.

  • Guest

    I am so happy this is finally happening for Disney. I know that other companies have had strong female characters from different cultures, but it was about time Disney jumped in on this. The princess looks adorable too!

  • kalo

    Sofia the first was Hispanic? Are you sure?0.0

  • hm

    boohoo as if theres not enough white looking people being represented already! A lot Latinas ARE brown actually, all varying in different shades, obviously. Anyone who looks Caucasian is already represented and accepted at this point, this is a great turning point. It’s about time we get represented as well.

  • hm

    YAAAAS