Little Black and brown girls everywhere will soon have a reason to rejoice.
After critics responded to the way a rendering of Princess Tiana appeared in the sequel for Wreck It Ralph, Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Disney executives were pressured to take heed and listen to their core audience. The Princess And the Frog character was heralded as ground breaking, serving as Disney’s first Black princess.
The campaign to keep Tiana true to her original depiction was spearheaded by Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, worked with Disney to restore Tiana to her original imagery.
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“Disney’s decision to restore Princess Tiana’s image to that of an unapologetically Black princess with full lips, dark skin and dark hair in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is a victory for Color Of Change members, Black children and their parents, and Black audiences who want to see the variety of shades, shapes and sizes of Black characters accurately represented in the arts,” a release from the organization states.
In the trailer, Tiana is shown along with several of Disney’s more current princess leads with looser curls and lighter skin–a complete reversal from her original depiction with fuller features. Many took issue with the slight erasure of Tiana’s African ancestry.
“By redrawing Princess Tiana – Disney’s first and only Black princess — in Ralph Breaks the Internet as she was in Princess and the Frog, Disney has shown its commitment to addressing the concerns of Color Of Change members and the Black community,” the statement reads.
The statement went on to touch on Disney’s far-reaching impact globally and socially.
“Disney is an incredibly powerful and influential company and its decisions have far-reaching implications for other companies that provide entertainment for children and adults around the world,” the statement continues.