Hard to believe it took so long, but Disney is finally going to have an African-American heroine in one of their animated features! Their upcoming movie, “The Frog Princess”, will showcase a beautiful princess named Maddy.
I remember how excited my daughter was when Beauty & the Beast premiered, and Belle was depicted as a brown-haired, brown-eyed girl. There’s something very affirming and confidence-building when a little girl sees someone who looks just like her starring in a film, and Disney has been much better about depicting something other than blonde blue-eyed ingenues in their films. In recent years, we’ve had Indian princess Jasmine, Hawaiian beauty Lilo, Chinese heroine Mulan, and now, Maddy. Good for you, Disney….good for all of us.