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Source: Disney

Princess Tiana 'Whitewashed' In New Animated Film And People Are Not Happy

By Alex Maxx

Disney continues to bring a diverse group of strong, independent women to their modern movies. But, it appears that for every step forward, the media giant takes two or three steps back.

Jasmine, Mulan, and Pocahontas have been a part of the official princess line-up for decades, and for a long time, represented a small and incomplete group of minorities. Disney finally debuted their first black princess, Princess Tiana, in "The Princess and the Frog" in 2009. 

Being the first black princess after years of seeing dozens of white princesses, Tiana became an important figure for countless women and girls.

These princesses, along with other fan-favorites like Cinderella, Moana, and Rapunzel, are featured in a sleepover scene in the upcoming movie, "Ralph Breaks the Internet." Vanellope, a main character from the first "Wreck-It Ralph" from 2012, orders the princesses to trade their formal gowns for more comfortable pajamas. 

Seeing a cast of princesses in sweatpants, relaxing at home and having a good time is a refreshing site to see – considering this is the first time we've seen more of them in a casual setting, sans makeup and dresses.

Tiana decides to take her hair down. In the trailer people can see her hair is curly – and some people are thrilled, even emotional about a black princess embracing her natural hair: