Elena of Avalor is the first Hispanic princess Disney has made a television series about “a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen.”
“She’s still underage so she’s not yet ready to rule and so, she just has the challenge of taking care of her family and this huge kingdom and have this awesome responsibility,” said actress Aimee Carrero, who is the voice of Elena.
Carrero’s mother is of Dominican decent and her father is Puerto Rican. Carrero said it means “absolutely everything” for her to play the first Latina princess.
The series will tell stories that draw on the traditions, foods and customs of Latin and Hispanic cultures. Magic, mythology and folklore will also play an important role, and each episode will include original songs in several Latin musical styles including Latin pop, salsa and banda.
For me as a Puerto Rican and Costa Rican girl growing up seeing all these beautiful princess’ I could never really relate to any of them. The one I related to the most was Jasmine because she had tan skin and long black hair, but she is obviously of Arabic decent.
“What I love most about Elena is she’s her own hero,” Carrero added. “There’s no ‘Prince Charming,’ so I hope people at home watching will just be inspired her sense of self, her confidence and her leadership.”
This is the best part for me, because being a Hispanic female there’s expectations and stereotypes that come with the title. So, the fact she is an independent princess with no prince makes it all the more riveting and exciting to watch. I’m sure eventually there will be a prince but her independence for the time being is fun to experience.
Through the recent years, they have done an amazing job bringing more ethnic princesses to the big screen. The most recent one I have seen is Moana and she is a Polynesian princess, that was a great movie might I add.
But I can definitely say the progress being made with princess is great and I love finally having a princess I can relate to and my little cousins can finally have a princess Barbie doll they will look like.