Disney broke boundaries this summer by introducing their first LatinaÂ princess on their new animated showÂ Elena of Avalor.
Elena of Avalor tells a story about a teenage princess Elena (Aimee Carrero) who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress. She must now learn to rule as a newly crowned princess until she is old enough to become queen. She seeks help from her family to learn to be a truly great leader, including help from her little sister Isabel, who is played by Stuck in the Middle star Jenna Ortega.
The show tells wonderful stories influenced by diverseÂ Latin cultures and traditions and folklore. Jenna express her excitement of being a Latina on a Disney show, saying that “young Latinas can haveÂ someone to look up to is something that I’m very proud of.”
Celeb SecretsÂ recently caught up withÂ Jenna to talk about the groundbreaking series. She expressed that she couldn’t see herself as a Disney princess growing up. Check out the full interview below.
When I was a young girl, I had the same thoughts and feelings that Jenna had. I couldn’t relate to any of theÂ Disney Princesses on television or in the movies. Representation in the media is everything, andÂ I couldn’t understand why I didn’t look or dress like any of the princesses growing up.
In today’s world, young Latina girls don’t have to fantasize about being a blonde-haired beauty with blue eyes anymore. They can be happy with whatever skin they were born with.
Elena of AvalorÂ broke boundaries by telling girls everywhere that they can be Latina and save the world all on their own just by being themselves. I wish I had this growing up and I’m glad girls and boys finally have a show they can relate to!
UPDATE:Â Earlier this afternoon, Princess Elena of Avalor made her royal debut at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. All park guests are now able to meet the first Latin-inspired princess, take pictures with her, and receive her autograph. Ortega and the Girl Scouts of Citrus captured the special day on Girl Scouts’ Twitter account.
— Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) August 11, 2016