Disney Introduces Its First Latina Princess

On 30 January 2015

Disney Introduces Its First Latina Princess

Meet Elena of Avalor! She's Disney's first Latina Princess and she will be introduced next year.

Disney Junior announced on Thursday that Princess Elena of Avalor will make her debut next year in a special episode of the Sofia the First series. And after she has made her debut, she'll star in her own animated spin-off series, Elena of Avalor, also set to debut on Disney Junior in 2016.

After being criticized for many years, Disney has listened and responded. Though it took a while for Disney to produce a princess of Latina heritage, many of the princesses have actually depicted a wildly diverse range of ethnicities over the last years. With princesses of African American, Asian, Native American, Caucasian and Arabic descent, it’s almost surprising that it took this long for a Latina princess to come along.

Princess Elena is "a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairy tale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore," the network said in a statement.

"Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience," Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide said. "What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale."

The princess will be voiced by Aimee Carrero, of ABC Family's "Young & Hungry."

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