Dónde Está La Princesa?

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Someday, my latina princess will come… I hope.

 

Let’s face the facts: Disney has a total of 13 princesses. Nine of them are Caucasian, one is African American, one is Arabian, one is Asian, and one is Native American. There is even an upcoming Islander princess, Moana, whose movie will premiere in 2016.

 

But wait, did you see?

 

There was no princess of Hispanic descent…AT ALL!

 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Rapunzel’s luscious locks, and I’d kill for Jasmine’s wardrobe. Each princess has a special place in my Disney heart (ehh maybe not Mulan, she’s not even a technical princess).

Nevertheless, it has always been irritating that I never found a princess with whom I could identify physically with. The closest person for me was either Belle or Mulan, neither of which have my Spanish/Mexican features.

 

Granted, this issue is not one equivalent to solving cancer, saving the environment,or even deciding if Trump 2K16 is a good thing, but little girls look to those princesses as role models. If they can’t even find one with their ethnicity, then what is that really saying to those chicas?

 

Just look at one of Disney’s newest princess, Princess Tiana. She not only made her mark as Disney’s first African American princess, but also showed girls that hard work can help accomplish one’s dream. In my personal opinion, she is a good precedent for future princesses to come.

 

Also, if Disney were to think about this matter in economical terms, think how much money they would make. Their latest princess film, Frozen, grossed $1.219 billion dollars in the box office, according to a recent CNN report. That shows that they are capable of making a hit movie.

 

According to the 2010 edition of the Nationalencyklopedin, 405 billion people in the world speak Spanish for their first language, making it the second most spoken language in the world.

 

Now think, if all of those individuals bought a ticket to go support their fellow ‘hispánica’ and her movie (an average movie ticket costs $8.17 in the U.S), the movie would gross $367,650,000,000.

 

Woah.

 

That does not even count money made on dolls, costumes, sequels, or ticket sales from non-Hispanics. Disney, take note of this math.

 

But seriously, though, it is much more than money.

 

We live in a world that is more diverse than ever before, and whether we like it or not, old-fashioned thinking is becoming culturally unacceptable. Disney needs to get with the times and show the world that they are acceptant to all people, all nations, all cultures.

 

Vive La Espanol.