Her name is Elena, and she hails native Avalor — a fictional place that draws from numerous real-world cultures.

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Elena is Latina. Which makes her the computer animation giant's first-ever Latina princess.

That's a large deal because that Latino kids, who are for the an initial time, with "Elena the Avalor," seeing a Disney top lady that resembles them. But for writer Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Elena isn't a finish success.

"She’s native a comprised Latin American kingdom where they mishmash some societies together,” she says. "They room trying to represent as countless Latinos together possible, or as lot of Latino identification as possible, and I think the risk in doing that is extending the identification really thin.”

For example, Elena resides in a precolonial fantasy soil — but she speaks, er, Spanish.


Elena: Princess of Avalor.


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“I think it’s difficult to know a Latino or a Latinx identity without acknowledging colonialism,” Lozada-Oliva says. Colonialism, of course, being what brought things favor the Spanish language and Catholicism come the Americas.

Growing up, Lozada-Oliva adds, she didn't really watch herself stood for in movies.

“For Halloween, when I would certainly dress up together a Disney princess, it would be Jasmine from Aladdin or Esmeralda native The Hunchback the Notre-Dame or Pocahontas,” she says. “It’s monster that us wait because that Disney come tell us who we have to be and also what sort of costume we should try on.”

She's happy there's now a princess that better represents her identity, but she states audiences need to keep pushing for more diverse characters.

“I median there’s so small representation of us that ns think any kind of bit of united state that resembles united state a small bit feels prefer someone calling united state home,” she says.

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But “I nothing think us should ever settle because that what photos Disney puts the end for us,” she states later. “I think we have to be producing our very own mirrors because that our very own identities and also ourselves.”

Read Melissa Lozada-Oliva's op-ed in The Guardian. You can likewise join a conversation around this topic in the PRI Global nation Exchange facebook group.


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