by Kristina Byas
From an Egyptian Meg to an Asian Cinderella, we have all seen the many recreations of Disney Princesses and female characters depicted as women of color.
One Brazilian artist has taken the main characters of Disney’s Frozen and given them some color. The picture features Queen Elsa and Princess Anna as young black girls.
With Frozen being such a popular release for Disney, many saw the artist’s work as beautiful, while others didn’t take kindly to the swapping of races.
What exactly is the problem with this? The answer should be nothing, but unfortunately people are probably always going to find something wrong with Disney Princesses being drawn as ethic characters. Is it because they think it takes away from the story for some reason? Maybe? Or does it cause discomfort for people to see the princesses as a different race? That is possible as well. But what about the artists who drew these pictures?
The Disney films have been known for lacking diversity, so online artists have been adding their own spin and giving these classic characters a bit of flavor. It is actually common for many artists on Tumblr to recreate these characters.
They haven’t just stopped with African American and Asian princesses. Some characters have been recreated as Mongolian and Tibetan, as well. In fact, the artist of the Frozen art has redone Rapunzel as an Indian woman and Merida from Brave as a Latina.
Disney did feature a black princess in The Princess and the Frog, but there was a controversy over that because she fell in love with a man who was not black in the film. Many claimed that Disney intentionally avoided a happy ending for a prince and princess of color.
Although Princess Tiana fell in love with a prince who was not black, the fact that there even was a film released with a princess of color is a big step. However, it doesn’t take away from the fact that diversity is something that viewers are longing for.
Will we see more of it? Only time will tell.