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Disney Reveals First Latina Princess: Sofia

Oct. 18, 2012

Rebecca Villaneda--HispanicBusiness.com

First Latina Princess: Sofia

In a made for TV movie, Disney has announced it will debut their first Latina princess, Sofia.

The movie, "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess," will air Sunday Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on the Disney Channel.

Aimed at children ages 2 to 7, Sofia will be voiced by Ariel Winter. Other actors and celebrities lending their voice are Sara Ramirez, Wayne Brady and Tim Gunn.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Disney confirmed Sofia's ethnicity during a press tour.

"She is Latina," executive producer Jamie Mitchell said of the character, acknowledging that this makes Sofia the first Latina princess to appear in a Disney animation project, reports EW.

Set in the storybook world of Enchancia, Sofia is an average girl whose life suddenly transforms when her mother (a former shoe shop owner) marries the king.

"Sofia the First" was made to communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to young children.

In 2009, Disney created its first black princess, Tiana, in "The Princess and the Frog."

Disney is getting flack from U.S. Hispanics because of Sofia's appearance. Some people are saying they created Sofia to be "too white" looking to be Hispanic.

See for yourself and watch the trailer below. What do you think? Is this a great first step? Or misstep?



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