Princess Tiana is back to looking like the original character fans all know and love after they noticed her skin tone was lighter in a trailer for the Wreck-It Ralph sequel, Ralph Breaks The Internet. Although fans are excited Tiana is rocking her natural hair, when the initial trailer was released earlier this summer that was over shadowed by the fact that they realized she had been drawn with lighter skin, and a narrower nose. After a lot of social media criticism, and some help from advocacy group, Color of Change they have now redrawn the princess to ease concerns over controversy of “whitewashing” their first black princess. This is the tweet the group sent out:
The creation of Princess Tiana, @Disney's first Black princess marked a defining moment for how Black women and girls are presented in media, specifically in animated movies. We're glad @DisneyAnimation has committed to restoring Tiana to her original form to ensure authenticity. pic.twitter.com/O4LpuiQZSs
— ColorOfChange.org (@ColorOfChange) September 20, 2018
Disney fans say they first noticed that something looked different about Tiana when promo shots from the film were released last month that showed all of the Princesses dressed for a slumber party. They say the all of Princesses but Tiana, were drawn identical to their original films and that her new nose and hair made her look “racially ambiguous”. The mistake may have only further highlighted the issue of underrepresentation, and some fans say that the studios need to hire more people of color to actually work on these films and draw people that look like them. Below we have a few tweet of people’s thoughts on Twitter check them out!
Disney really tried to give us a light skinned, slim nosed Princess Tiana with 3A hair and all Black Twitter said was “I THINK THE FUCK NOT”. Now they’re reanimating her to bring her dark skin back and fixing her features. pic.twitter.com/GaSuKhgZzq
— E-Money 🤑 (@imanimlewis) September 21, 2018
Princess Tiana is beautifully dark-skinned and she ain't Princess Tiana if she looks like somebody else.
— Monecque Patterson (@momoflower34) September 20, 2018
Disney went back and fixed Princess Tiana in the Wreck-It-Ralph sequel, even went as far and got Anika Noni Rose approval on the new redrawing. Now THAT is paying proper homage. That movie comes out in less than two months and they still found the time to make that change
— Jenn E. Penny (@JennE_Penny) September 24, 2018