Disney’s First Latina Princess Doesn’t Actually Look Latina? (PHOTO)
Disney is introducing their first Latina princess to the Disney princess fold. Sofia will make her TV debut on Nov. 18 as the first little-girl princess, and the first Latina little-girl princess, on Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess.
However, the revelation has sparked some criticism in the twitterverse. People are up in arms that Sofia doesn’t actually look Latina. She has a light complexion with blue eyes and auburn hair.
Those who are upset are calling this a “fail” on the part of Disney. Yet, I have to make the point that not all Latina women or girls look similar. Is this not an obvious observation? She definitely is a lighter skinned Latina, but I still think it’s a nice touch on the part of Disney. Expanding the ethnic rainbow and such.
In the past, there’s also been criticisms about how Disney villains are made to look more ethnic than their heroic counterparts (for example, Jafar vs. Aladdin, Scar vs. Simba). Once again, the ethnic/race card is raised. I don’t find Sophia’s appearance at all offensive. (Though I find calling little girls “princesses” pretty annoying. But that’s another issue.)
Facebook users have also sounded off on the Sophia debate, saying that Latinas come in “all shapes, colors, and sizes.”
Do you think Sophia’s appearance is something to criticize or is this a non-issue?