This is Princess Sofia. (No, not this one.) She’s a new Disney character who’s being hyped as the princess factory’s first Latina.
She’ll star in a Disney Channel movie on Nov. 18 before getting her own TV series in 2013. The plot is that Sofia (voiced by Ariel Winter, Alex Dunphy on Modern Family), must adjust to princess life after her mother (voiced by Sara Ramirez, Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy), marries a king.
Sofia’s heritage is being presented as a “matter-of-fact situation rather than an overt thing,” executive producer Jamie Mitchell said on a recent press tour. “She is Latina,” added Mitchell, after one reporter asked about Sofia’s mother’s darker skin.
While I think it’s great that we get more representation in the media, something about her look irks me out, as well as the ‘mother’s darker skin’ comment. While I acknowledge that Latin@s come in all colours and shades, does it not bother anyone else that our first Latina princess seems a bit whitewashed?
EDIT: I’d also like to point out that she will be voiced by a non Latina, Ariel Winter.
WHY. THE FUCK.
COULDN’T THEY AT LEAST BOTHER TO MAKE HER HAIR BLACK/DARK BROWN OR HER EYES BROWN INSTEAD OF BLUE?
GOD FUCKING DAMN IT.
THIS IS WHY MY SIBLINGS AND MY MOTHER GREW UP FEELING UGLY.