Princess Tiana is going back to her roots in the new Wreck-It Ralph movie.
Disney have agreed to redraw their first black princess after outraging fans when they lightened her skin and made her facial features more eurocentric in the recent trailer and poster for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
Disney have reportedly now consulted with Princess Tiana voice over actress Anika Noni Rose and Color of Change, an advocacy group who campaign for racial representation in Hollywood movies, to discuss how best to revise the latest Princess Tiana animation.
Much to the delight of critics no doubt, senior campaign director, Brandi Collins-Dexter, was successful in convincing Disney to make her hair more representative of her afro heritage, and to ensure she had darker skin and a wider nose.
The organisation celebrated the move in a statement, released on Thursday, which said: Disneys decision to restore Princess Tianas image to that of an unapologetically black princess with full lips, dark skin and dark hair in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is a victory for Color Of Change members, black children and their parents, and black audiences who want to see the variety of shades, shapes and sizes of black characters accurately represented in the arts.
The statement continued: By redrawing Princess Tiana — Disneys first and only black princess — in Ralph Breaks the Internet as she was in Princess and the Frog, Disney has shown its commitment to addressing the concerns of Color Of Change members and the black community.
Many Disney fans in the black community were outraged last month to find that Princess Tianas physical appearance was notably different. The character, who debuted in 2009s Princess Tiana and the Frog, had a much smaller and thinner nose and skin that was several shades lighter while her previously tight, kinky hair had been smoothed out into looser European curls.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2 is set for release on 21 November.
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