Disney draws its first African-American princess

Over the past 70 years, Disney has given the world eight princesses.

Snow White was the first – and this week, Disney’s latest film, The Princess And The Frog, opens in New York and Los Angeles, bringing us the ninth.

But this princess is different to those who went before.

Her name is Tiana and, for the first time in Disney’s history of animation, she is African-American.

The voice of Tiana is provided by Tony Award winning singer and actress, Anika Nonie Rose, who says that this new princess will have a big impact on children.

“It’s a really wonderful thing for children to be able to look at this princess and say, ‘it looks just like my friend – she’s a princess too,'” she says.

“It’s a long time coming but I’m glad it’s here.”


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