Many Disney fans in the black community were outraged last month to find that Princess Tiana’s physical appearance was notably different. The character, who debuted in 2009’s Princess Tiana and the Frog, had a much smaller and thinner nose and skin that was several shades lighter while her previously tight, kinky hair had been smoothed out into looser European curls.
Disney has agreed to redraw their first black princess after outraging fans when they her facial features more eurocentric in the recent trailer and poster for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
Disney has reportedly consulted with Princess Tiana voice over actress Anika Noni Rose and Color of Change, an advocacy group who campaign for racial representation in Hollywood movies, to discuss how best to revise the latest Princess Tiana animation.
Color of Change celebrated the move in a statement, released on Thursday, which said: ‘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.’ Wreck It Ralph 2 - Sneak Peek Play Video Loaded: 0% 0:00Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 1:00 Fullscreen The statement continued: ‘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.’[SOURCE: METROUK]